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POOR IRISH BOY. AKA - "Der arme Irische Junge." Irish. Air (4/4 time). E Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). One part. This melody must have impressed Classical composer George Friederich Handel during his nine month stay in Ireland as he copied it out in musical setting in a c. 1742 MS book (as "Der arme Irische Junge") which was in the Fitzwilliam Museum at the turn of the (20th) century (Grattan Flood, A History of Irish Music , 1906). Flood thinks he probably heard it in Dublin. Flood finds the air as "Speie Galleanac" or "Leinster Ballad" printed by Walker in 1785. No relation to the similarly titled "Dear Irish Boy (1) (The)."

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