“The Pride of Glenelly”


In flowery verse and classical allusions, the singer praises the beauty of Glenelly and the woman who lives there. He describes her appearance. He claims that all the ancient beauties made their reputations with jewelry; the woman of Glenelly is real


Hard to believe that anyone voluntarily sing this thing. The words are incredibly ornate, and it's littered with classical allusions. And it doesn't even *say* anything. But Sam Henry reportedly got it from a source other than the author. - RBW


  1. SHenry H607, pp. 249-250, "The Pride of Glenelly" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #13339
  3. BI, HHH607


Author: James Devine
Earliest date: 1935 (Sam Henry collection)
Keywords: beauty nonballad
Found in: Ireland