Whoe'er She Be
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WHOE'ER SHE BE (Be n-Eirinn I). Irish, Air (4/4 time). F Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). One part. Joyce (1873) relates that the burden (“Ben-erinn i”) is common to several love songs and prints a verse from one of the best, written in the 18th century by the poet William “Blind William,” Herrernan, a native of Shronell, Tipperary (the entire song can be found in Walsh’s Irish Popular Songs).
But O! One noon I clomb a hill,
To sigh alone, to weep my fill;
And there Heav’n’s mercy sent to me,
My treasure rare, Ben-e-rinn-i, Ben-e-rinn-I
Source for notated version:
Source for notated version: noted in 1853 from the singing of Michael Dinneen, Coolfree, County Limerick [Joyce].
Printed sources: Howe (1000 Jigs and Reels), c. 1867; p. 22. Joyce (Ancient Irish Music), 1873; No. 46, p. 47.