I'll Make My Love a Breast of Glass

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I'LL MAKE MY LOVE A BREAST OF GLASS (Deanfaim Brollac Gloine Dom Grad). Irish, Air (3/4 time). G Major (O'Neill): F Minor (Haverty, Stanford/Petrie): G Minor (Howe). Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. Note the difference in tonalities between Howe/Petrie and O'Neill. The air is associated with a song known under various names throughout the English-speaking world. One version of the relevant verse (from the Arkansas song "Breast O'Glass"): "I wish my breast was made of glass, Wherein you might behold Your name engraved upon my heart, With letters lined with gold."

Source for notated version: "From Bet Skilling" [Stanford/Petrie].

Printed sources: P.M. Haverty (One Hundred Irish Airs vol. 2), 1858; No. 159, p. 72. Howe (1000 Jigs and Reels), c. 1867; p. 98. O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 518, p. 90. Stanford/Petrie (Complete Collection), 1905; No. 622, p. 156.

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