“Adieu to Erin (The Emigrant)”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1847 (Journal of William Histed of the Cortes)
Keywords: love separation emigration rejection

Description

"Oh when I breathed a last adieu To Erin's vales and mountains blue...." The singer loves Mary, but Mary "deplores" him; he responds by leaving the country. "Can I forget the fateful day... When nought was left me but to say Farewell my love farewell"

Supplemental text

Adieu to Erin (The Emigrant)
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Adieu to Erin

As found in Gale Huntington, Songs the Whalemen Sang, pp. 255-256.
Transcribed from the journal of William Histed of the Cortes.

Oh, when I breathed a last adieu
To Erin's and mountain blue
When nursed by hope my moments flew
In life's unclouded spring
Though on the breezy deck reclined
I listen to the rising wind
What fetters could restrain the mind
That roved on fancy's wind

She bore me to the woodbine bower
Where oft I passed the twilight hour
Where first I felt love's thrilling power
From Mary's beaming eye
Again I watched her flushing breast
Her honeyed lips again were pressed
Again by sweet confession blest
I drank each melting sigh

Dost thou dear Mary my love deplore
And lone on Erin's emerald shore
In memory trace the love I bore
On all our transports dwell
Can I forget the fateful day
That called me from thy arms away
When nought was left me but to say
Farewell my love farewell

References

  1. Huntington-Whalemen, pp. 255-256, "Adieu to Erin" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. ST SWMS255 (Full)
  3. Roud #2068
  4. BI, SWMS255