She moved through the fair (Traditional)

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Editor: Adriano Secco (submitted 2008-03-28).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 47 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Search for "Our wedding day" on the external site

General Information

Title: She moved through the fair
Composer: Anonymous (Traditional)
Lyricist: Padraic Collum

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularFolksong

Language: English
Instruments: Orchestra

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Original text and translations

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I once had a true love and I loved her so well
I loved her far better than my tongue can tell.
Her parents disliked me for my want of years
So adieu to all pleasure since I lost my dear.

Then according to promise at midnight I arose
and found nothing there but the downfolded clothes
the sheets they were empty, as plain as you see
and out of the window with another went she.

Or if I was an eagle and had two wings to fly,
I would fly to my love’s castle and it’s there I would lie,
in a bed of green ivy I would leave myself down
with my two folded wings I would my love surround.

Then I dreamt last night that my true love came in
and she walked up so soft that her feet made no din
and I dreamt that she whispered to me and did say:
“It will not be long, love, ‘til our wedding day”.