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BEAUTIFUL LITTLE VALE OF ARAGLIN, THE (Glounthaun Araglin Eeving). Irish, Air (6/8 time). A Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. "The Araglin is a small river in the Co. Waterford flowing through a very pretty glen, the subject of an Irish song to this air, of which I have a full copy: written by a Waterford man living in England" (Joyce). Joyce includes these lyrics:

Sl\'an do chuirim o'm chroidhe leat, a bhaile tar taoide anonn,--
Go gleannt\'an Araglin aoibhinn mar a scaiptheare an fionn 'sa leann;
Ba bhinne liom gl\'or na ngadhar ann gach maidin bhog aoibhinn che\'odhach
'N\'a an te \'ud do mharbhadh na m\'ilte le dartaibh a's draoidheacht a cheoil

I send a farewell from my heart to thee, thou little spot over there beyond the sea,
To the pretty little vale of Araglin, where the wine and the ale are plentifully poured out.
Sweeter to me was the cry of the hounds there, on a m ild misty morning,
Than [the melody of] that man [Orpheus] who used to overcome the beasts with the powers and the spells of his songs.


Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Joyce (Old Irish Folk Music and Songs), 1909; No. 92, p. 48. Roche (Collection of Traditional Irish Music, vol. III), 1927; No. 13, p. 4 (appears as "Beautiful Araglin").

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