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MY JEWEL, MY JOY. Irish, Slow Air (3/4 time). A Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). One part. "From Mr. W. Aldwell of Cork ("Dec. 17, 1848"), who heard air and song sung in Cork about the year 1790. He remembered one verse of the song (given here), which, as [Irish collector William] Forde remarks, is curious for the absence of rhyme.

My jewel, my joy, don't trouble me with the drum,
Sound the dead march as my corpse goes along;
And over my body throw handfuls of laurel,
And let them all know that I'm going to my rest.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Joyce (Old Irish Folk Music and Songs), 1909; No. 442, p. 249.

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