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MY SORROW AND TROUBLE (Mo chreach a's mo dhíachairt). Irish, Air (3/4 time). G Dorian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. Joyce's source sang a song in Irish to the tune. The first verse goes:

Mo chreach a's mo dhíachairt gan ceó draoichte air na bóithribh,
A's go siubhalfhainn san oídhche le'm chroidhe geal na glóire.
Mo phócaidhe bheith a líonadh le geal phisidhe croineach,
Ná sásacht súd dom inntinn agus lúidhe sios le cóbach.

Alas and alas, that there is not a fairy-fog on the roads,
And that I might walk in the night with thy fair sweetheart of glory.
If my pockets ere to be filled with white crown pieces-
That would not content my mind, and to be married to a clown.

Source for notated version: "From the singing of Joe Martin of Kilfinane, Co. Limerick, 1852" [Joyce].

Printed sources: Joyce (Old Irish Folk Music and Songs), 1909; No. 1, p. 3.

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