Annotation:Death of my friend is what afflicts me (The)

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DEATH OF MY FRIEND IS WHAT AFFLICTS ME, THE. AKA - "Death of Muy Friends is what Grieves Me (The)." Irish, Air (). The words to this old song were printed in the Dublin Monthly Magazine, Ocotober, 1841, by musical researcher Henry Hudson. He remarked:

The ancient name of our air--"Bàs na geared se buairih me" (The death of my friends is what grieves me)--gave occasion to the words which we have written for it. We always feel happy in imagining what the traditional words of these relics may have been, and thinking how far we may have approached them, for was are sure that the old words and subject were not without their connection with the character of the music to which they were suited. Consider, and you will recollect many old strains and snatches, with which you cannot believe that any words could be so effective as those which you heard with them in childhood. The song, verse, and melody--as the man, soul and body--hath but one heart.

I wandered here in early youth,
And love to watch the evening ray,
While (bright as Hope and pure as Truth)
It died away.

The words of love were whispered here
Where now my lonely footsteps tread;
But he who made these paths so dear,
Alas! is dead.

The hopes and fears of former years
Are gone--my heart is aching still;
And yet it soothes me what the tears
My eyelids fill.

His gentle spirit seems to shed
A soften'd sorrow o'er my lot,
And whispers then--"Though I am dead,
Forget me not.

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Source for notated version: -

Printed sources : - Hudson, Dublin Monthly Magazine, October, 1841; No. 32, p. 211.

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