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HAZEL DELL. Irish, Schottische. D Major ('A' part), A Major ('B' part) & G Major (Trio). Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB'C. The melody is that of an American blackface Minstrel song called "Hazel Dell" published in 1853 by George F. Root, under the German pseudonym G. Friedrich Wurzel. It was his first popular song, and was performed by Wood's Minstrels. It begins:

In the Hazel Dell my Nelly's sleeping,
Nelly lov'd so long!
And my lonely lonely watch I'm keeping,
Nellie lost and gone;
Here in moonlight often we have wander'd
Thro' the silent shade,
Now where leafy branches drooping downward,
Little Nelly's laid.

Chorus:
All alone my watch I'm keeping
In the Hazel Dell,
For my darling Nelly's near me sleeping,
Nelly dear farewell.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Roche (Collection of Traditional Irish Music, vol. 3), 1927; No. 148, p. 48.

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