“She is Far From the Land”


"She is far from the land where her young hero sleeps." She rejects other lovers. She sings wild songs he loved about home. "He had lived for his country, for his country he died." She will join him soon.


Zimmermann p. 77 fn. 11 uses "She is far from the land" as an example of "songs [that] evoke prudently Robert Emmet's fate." - BS

If so, that gives an interesting possible dual meaning to this one. One part would refer to the many Irish exiles around the world. The other might refer to Sarah Curran, Emmet's sweetheart, who was disowned by her father for her closeness to the condemnned rebel. No one seems to know her final fate, though.

Moore, we should add, knew Emmet; according to Robert Kee, Moore was "Emmet's old friend and fellow student at Trinity" (see _The Most Distressful Country_, being volumeI of _The Green Flag_, p. 168). Kee regards Moore as having "set the tone" for Emmet's legend. - RBW

Moylan: "The subject of this song is Sarah Curran, Emmet's fiancee and daughter of John Philpot Curran, the lawyer who had defended Wolfe Tone." Hayes's notes are along the same line, but with more details. - BS

Cross references


  • Bodleian, Harding B 20(142), "She Is Far From the Land" ("She is far from the land where her young hero sleeps"), J. Harkness (Preston), 1840-1866; also Firth b.26(319), "She Is Far From the Land"


  1. Moylan 157, "She Is Far From the Land" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. ADDITIONAL: Edward Hayes, The Ballads of Ireland (Boston, 1859), Vol I, pp. 332-333, "She Is Far From the Land"
  3. ADDITIONAL: Thomas Kinsella, _The New Oxford Book of Irish Verse_ (Oxford, 1989), pp. 267-268, (no title) (1 text)
  4. BI, BrdSHFfL


Author: Thomas Moore (1779-1852)
Earliest date: 1846 (_Irish Melodies_ by Thomas Moore, according to Zimmermann)