'Tis I can weave woollen and linen, The finest folk wear on their backs; So, girls, come give over your spinnin', And wind off your wool and your flax!1 Five year at my woollen and linen I've woven from mornin' to night, With a heart that beat heavy beginnin', But is leapin' for ever more light. [For]2 with guineas full up is the stockin', Sewed safe in the tick of my bed, And 'tis soon that I'll rest without rockin', Since at [Shrove with my Willy]3 I'll wed.
1 Stanford adds this chorus after each verse:
For hark! As the bee hunts for treasure That’s hid in the mountainy bloom, My shuttle goes bursting with pleasure, To gather me gold from the loom.2 Stanford: "Now"
3 Stanford: "Shrovetide with Willy"
- by Alfred Perceval Graves (1846 - 1931), "'Tis I can weave woollen and linen", appears in Irish Songs and Ballads, in Songs and Ballads [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
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- by Charles Villiers Stanford, Sir (1852 - 1924), "'Tis I can weave woollen and linen", published [1882?] [voice and piano], from the collection Songs of Old Ireland. A Collection of Fifty Irish Melodies Unknown in England, no. 37, arrangement ; London, Boosey & Co. ; dedicated to Johannes Brahms, August 1882 [text verified 1 time]
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