My lover is fled my heart is sore

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MY LOVER IS FLED, MY HEART IS SORE. AKA and see "My heart is sore." Irish, Air (3/4 time). E Flat Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). One part. Petrie, in his Ancient Irish Music, wrote of his source:

For this fine air, together with many others of no less beauty, I have to express my grateful acknowledgments to Mr. P. J. O'Reilly, of Westport, in the county of Mayo, by whom they were noted down from the singing of the peasantry in the wild mountain districts of that picturesque county. I regret, however, to have to add, that Mr. O'Reilly has not increased the value of his gift by some detailed notices of the sources and localities from which the tunes were obtained and, that though acquainted with the Irish language vernacularly, he did not feel himself competent to take down the songs to which the melodies were sung; as, in that peculiarly Irish part of Western Ireland, it might be hoped that words of a higher antiquity and deeper interest would be preserved than those current in districts in which, from the commingling of races differing in origin and language, the primitive manners and traditions have been obliterated. Without some such knowledge of the character of the ancient songs, we have no clue to the sentiments which the melodies were intended to convey..."

See also Francis O'Neill's version, as "My heart is sore."

Source for notated version: "From P.J. O'Reilly, Esq." [Stanford/Petrie].

Printed sources: Stanford/Petrie (Complete Collection), 1905; No. 700, p. 175.

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