Mantle so Green (1)
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MANTLE SO GREEN  (An Fallaing Com Glas). AKA and see "I Courted Lovely Sally." Irish, Air (3/4 time, "tenderly"). C Major (O'Neill): F Major (Darley & McCall). Standard tuning (fiddle). One part. The text for this air was a common 19th century broadside in which a young man, back from Waterloo, tests to see if his love (who at first does not recognize him) has remained true; Cazden (et al, 1982) collected a version called "Famed Waterloo" (with a different tune) in the Catskill Mountains of New York. See also P.W. Joyce's variant "Mantle so Green (2) (The)." There are several airs this song is sung to.
Source for notated version: fiddler Courtney Jones (Avoca, Co. Wicklow, Ireland) [Darley & McCall]; Mrs. Fitzgerald [O'Neill].
Printed sources: Darley & McCall (Feis Ceoil Collection of Irish Music), 1914; No. 6, p. 2. O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 357, p. 62.