Arranmore (Granville Bantock)

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  • (Posted 2023-09-18)  CPDL #75499:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-09-18).   Score information: Letter, 11 pages, 234 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Arranmore
Composer: Granville Bantock
Lyricist: Thomas Moore
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsongFolksong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1910 Breitkopf & Härtel
Description: Irish folk song

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Original text and translations

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Oh! Arranmore, lov’d Arranmore,
How oft I dream of thee,
And of those days when, by thy shore,
I wander’d young and free.
Full many a path I’ve tried since then,
Thro’ pleasure’s flow’ry maze,
But ne’er could find the bliss again
I felt in those sweet days.
How blithe upon thy breezy cliffs
At sunny morn I’ve stood,
With heart as bounding as the skiffs
That danc’d along thy flood;
Or when the western wave grew bright
With daylight’s parting wing,
Have sought that Eden in its light
Which dreaming poets sing.
That Eden where th’immortal brave
Dwell in a land serene
Whose bow’rs beyond the shining wave
At sunset oft are seen.
Ah! dream too full of sadd’ning truth!
Those mansions o’er the main
Are like the hopes I built in youth
As sunny— and as vain!