“The Young Man's Dream”


Singer dreams of Granu who says "Relate most true what you did view when you fought for liberty." She shows him "the heroes that have bled for the sake of liberty." St Patrick addresses the crowd: "Your Cross maintain ... It will lead you to paradise"


From National Library of Scotland commentary on broadside NLScotland RB.m.143(013), "Shiel's Rights of Man": "Granua (also spelt Grainne). The daughter of the mythical Irish warrior and folk hero, Finn McCool, Granua is also used as a symbol for Ireland - much like the figure of Britannia is employed as a symbol for Great Britain." - BS


  • Bodleian, Harding B 13(10), "Young Man's Dream" ("It happened one night as I lay on my bed"), J.O. Bebbington (Manchester), 1858-1861; also Harding B 11(3610), 2806 c.17(378)[some words illegible], "Young Man's Dream"


  1. Zimmermann 28, "The Young Man's Dream" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. BI, Zimm028


Author: unknown
Earliest date: before 1862 (broadside, Bodleian Harding B 13(10)); first half 19C (Zimmermann)