Annotation:Angler (1) (The)

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ANGLER [1], THE. Irish, Air.

"There was a song to this air which was well known in Limerick, about a young man who went our fishing, and met with better luck than he expected. I have often heard the Limerick people sing to this air Byron's two-verse poem beginning 'I saw thee weep'" (Joyce). The first verse goes:

As I roved out one morning down by a river side,
To catch some trout and salmon where the stream did gently glide;
Down by the brook my way I took and there by chance did spy
A lovely maid all in the shade, who smiled and passed me by.

PRINTED SOURCE: Joyce (Old Irish Folk Music and Songs), 1909;