“William and Mary's Farewell to Ireland”


Willy is leaving Ireland and Mary for America. If he would wait a season, she says, she would go with him. He refuses, saying he'll return with gold and take her to America. She says she'll elope with him now. He agrees, they marry and go to America.

Cross references

  • cf. "Anach Cuain" (tune,according to notes to IRJMaguire01)


  • Bodleian, 2806 c.16(129), "The Emigrant's Farewell" ("Farewell dear Erin, I now must leave you"), J.O. Bebbington (Manchester), c.1850; also 2806 b.10(88), Harding B 19(59)[some words illegible], 2806 b.9(242), Harding B 19(91), 2806 c.15(70)[almost entirely illegible], "The Emigrant's Farewell"; 2806 c.8(123), Harding B 26(680), "William and Mary's Farewell to Ireland"
  • Murray, Mu23-y1:109, "The Emigrant's Farewell to Ireland," James Lindsay (Glasgow), 19C


  • John Maguire, "My Charming Mary" (on IRJMaguire01)


  1. Morton-Maguire 19, pp. 44-45,110,164, "My Charming Mary" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #2900
  3. BI, MoMa019


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1973 (Morton-Maguire); c.1850 (broadside, Bodleian 2806 c.16(129))
Found in: Ireland