Rejected Lover (2) (The)
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REJECTED LOVER , THE ("An Graduigteoir Treigre" or "An Graidheoir duilteach"). Irish, Air (3/4 time, "very slow and plaintive"). G Major (O'Neill): E Flat Major (O'Sullivan/Bunting). Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (O'Neill): AABB (O'Sullivan/Bunting). Beginning "In Innisfallen's Fairy Isle," the air was set by Stanford with words by A.P. Graves. Bunting printed the first verse to the song:
Her hair was like the beaten gold,
Or like the spider's spinning;
It was in her you might behold
My joys and woes beginning.
Source for notated version: the melody was noted by Belfast musician and collector Edward Bunting (1773–1843) in 1792 from Dr. William Stokes.
Printed sources: Bunting (The Ancient Music of Ireland), 1840; No. 55, p. 41. O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 313, p. 54. O'Sullivan/Bunting, 1983; No. 55, p. 85. J.T. Surenne (Songs of Ireland), 1854; pp. 46-47.