Lord Send the French without Delay
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LORD, SEND THE FRENCH WITHOUT DELAY (Gan Maill a Tigearna Cuir na Francaide). Irish, Slow Air (4/4 time). D Major (O'Neill): E Flat Major (Stanford/Petrie). Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (O'Neill): AAB (Stanford/Petrie). Identified by Stanford (1902) as a "'98 song," a reference to the rebellion of 1798 when Irish rebels sought the help of France in their fight against the British forces under Lord Cornwallis .
Source for notated version: blind professional union or uilleann piper Paddy Conneely, who lived in the city of Galway on the west coast of Ireland [Stanford/Petrie].
Printed sources: O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 432, p. 76. Stanford/Petre (Complete Collection), 1905; Nos. 313 & 314, p. 78.