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O NATIVE MUSIC. Irish, Air (3/4 time). A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. The song was composed by Samuel Lover (1797-1868) and was printed in his Songs and Ballads (1839).
Oh, native music! beyond comparing
The sweetest far on the ear that falls.
Thy gentle numbers the heart remembers,
Thy strains enchain us in tender thralls.
Thy tones endearing.
Or sad or cheering,
The absent soothe on a foreis^n strand:
Oh! who can tell
What a holy spell
Is in the song of our native land?
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: Roche (Collection of Traditional Irish Music, vol. 3), 1927; No. 58, p. 16.