“The Rose of Tralee”


"The pale moon was rising above the green mountain." He describes his love's beauty. "Yet 'twas not her beauty alone that won me, Oh, no, 'twas the truth in her eyes Ever dawning, that made me love Mary, the Rose of Tralee."


Source: Re author--"St Patricks Day--March 17, 2003" on the Eastern Illinois University site. - BS

The editors of _Granger's Index to Poetry_ lists two possible authors, the first possibility being William Pembroke Mulchinock (1820?-1864; this claim is supported, and perhaps derived from, Hoagland) and our listed author Spencer the second. (The latter attribution is supported by the uncredited Amsco publication _The Library of Irish Music_, which however seems to me to be a rather poor source.) Neither proposed author wrote anything else of the slightest note. - RBW


  • Bodleian, Harding B.11(1290), "The Rose of Tralee" ("The pale moon was rising above the green mountain"), H. Such (London) , 1863-1885
  • LOCSheet, sm1850 660580, "Rose of Tralee," Peters, Webb and Co. (Louisville), 1850; also sm1850 482010, "Rose of Tralee" (tune)


  1. O'Conor, p. 80, "The Rose of Tralee" (1 text)
  2. Smith/Hatt, pp. 100-101, "The Rose of Tralee" (1 text)
  3. Mackenzie 141, "The Rose of Tralee" (1 text)
  4. DT, TRALEE*
  5. ADDITIONAL: Kathleen Hoagland, editor, One Thousand Years of Irish Poetry (New York, 1947), p. 493, "The Rose of Tralee" (1 text)
  6. Roud #1978
  7. BI, OCon080


Author: Words: C. Mordaunt Spencer/Music: Charles W. Glover ?
Earliest date: 1883 (Smith/Hatt); originally published in London c. 1845
Keywords: love lyric nonballad
Found in: Ireland Canada(Mar)