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X:1 T:Fly not yett M:6/8 L:1/8 R:Air or Jig S:O'Farrell - Pocket Companion, vol. III (c. 1808) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:G D | G2G G2A | B2c d2B | d2e f2g | a2g fed | b2b a2g | g2f e2d | e2f g2e | d2c B2A | G2g faf | g3 zBA | G2G G2A | B2c d2B | d2e f2g | a2g fed | b2g a2f | g2f e2d | e2f g2e | d2c B2A | G3g3 | G3g3 | b2a a2g | g2f e2d | e2f g2e | d2c B2A | G2g gaf | g3 z3 | G2g g2z | b2a g2f | (g2f) e2d | e2f g2e | d2c B2A | G2g gaf | g2z z2 ||



FLY NOT YET. AKA and see "Hugh Kelly," "Planxty O'Kelly." Irish, Air and Jig (6/8 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). One part (O'Farrell): AAB (Forde): AA'BB' (Kerr). O'Farrell gives the provenance as Irish. The melody is O'Carolan's "Hugh Kelly" or "Planxty Kelly," set to words by Thomas Moore (1779-1852), published in his Irish Melodies, vol. 1 (1808). The song begins:

Fly not yet, 'tis just the hour,
When pleasure, like the midnight flower
That scorns the eye of vulgar light,
Begins to bloom for sons of night,
And maids who love the moon.

Alfred Moffat (Minstrelsy of Ireland, 1897, p. 344) remarks: "An early version of the tune was sung in Shield's Opera, Robin Hood (1784), to verses beginning "When the chill sirocco blows." Almost the same setting of the air as that adopted by Moore was used in The Siege of St. Quintis (1808), an opera, the text of which was written by Theodore Hook."


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Printed sources : - William Forde (300 National Melodies of the British Isles), c. 1841; p. 22, No. 75. Kerr (Merry Melodies, vol. 3), c. 1880's; No. 278, p. 30. Moffat (Minstrelsy of Ireland), 1897. O'Farrell (Pocket Companion, vol. III), c. 1808; p. 21.






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