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X:1 T:Whoe'er She Be T:Ben-erinn i M:C L:1/8 R:Air Q:"With Expression" S:Joyce – Ancient Irish Music (1890) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:F C | F2 F>G A2 (c>B) | A2G2F2 (c>d) | _e2 (d/c/A) G2 (Ac) | _e2 d2 c3c |C2.A2f2 (ef) | d2 (c/A/G) A2 (AG) | F2F2F3G | A2 (F/D/C) D2 (c(3e/d/c/) |A3G F3 ||

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

Additional notes
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.

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