The harp that once thro’ Tara’s halls (Michael William Balfe)

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  • (Posted 2024-01-04)  CPDL #78591:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2024-01-04).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 405 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: The harp that once thro’ Tara’s halls
Composer: Anonymous (Traditional)
Arranger: Michael William Balfe
Lyricist: Thomas Moore
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsongFolksong

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 1859 J. Alfred Novello
Description: AIR: GRAMACHREE

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Original text and translations

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The harp that once through Tara’s halls
  The soul of music shed,
Now hangs as mute on Tara’s walls,
  As if that soul were fled. —
So sleeps the pride of former days,
  So glory’s thrill is o’er,
And hearts, that once beat high for praise,
  Now feel that pulse no more.

No more to chiefs and ladies bright
  The harp of Tara swells;
The chord alone, that breaks at night,
  Its tale of ruin tells.
Thus Freedom now so seldom wakes,
  The only throb she gives,
Is when some heart indignant breaks,
  To show that still she lives.