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CAISEAL MHUMHAN (Cashel of Munster). AKA - "Caiseal Mumhan." AKA and see "Bog-Deal Board (The)," "Clár Bog Déil (1) (An)," "Cois na Brighde," "Soft Deal Board (The)." Irish, Air (4/4 time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). One part.

Caiseal Mhumhan

Phósfainn thú gan bha gan phunt gan áireamh spré,
agus phógfainn thú maidin drúchta le bánú an lae.
'S é mo ghalar dubhach gan mé is tú, a dhaiaghrá,
i gCaiseal Mumhan is gan de leaaba fúinn ach clár bog déil.

Siúil, a chogair, is tar a chodladh liom féin sa ghleann:
gheobhaidh túfoscadh, leaba fhlocias is aer cois abhann;
beidh na srutha ag gabháil thariainn faoi ghéaga crann;
beidh an londubh inábhfochair, is an chéirseach dhonn.

Searc mo chléibh a thug mé féin duit is grá tri rún,
's go dtaga sé de chor sa tsaol dom bheith lá 'gus tú
is ceangal cléire eadriann aroan is an fáinne dlúth;
is dá bhfeicfinn féin mo shearc ag aon fheaar gheobhainn bás le cumha.

Cashel in Munster

I would wed you without cattle, without money or a counted dowry:
I would kiss you on a dewy morning of the lightening day.
I am sick with sadness not to be with you, beloved,
in Cashel in Munster - were our bed but a board of bog deal.

Come to the valley, my love: come lie with me;
shelter you'll find there, a flock bed, fresh air by the river;
the streams will flow beside us under tree branches;
the blackbird will be our neighbour, and the brown song-thrush.

The love of my heart I give you, my secret devotion.
May that day come, in life's course, when you and I
have the holy bond between us, and the steadfast ring -
for if I saw my love with another I would die of sorrow.


Additional notes

Source for notated version: -

Printed sources : - Ó Canainn (Traditional Slow Airs of Ireland), 1995; No. 20, p. 24.

Recorded sources: -



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