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"Kathleen Mavourneen", John McCormack

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Uploaded on Mar 18, 2008

Victrola (RS BW) 74236. "Kathleen Mavourneen" [Irish Ballad] (Crawford-Crouch), John McCormack, Tenor with orchestra, In English. First issued in late 1911, this is a post 1914 pressing. At the beginning of the video we show the back label from the earlier pressing. Played on my 1916 VV-X.

The back label reads:
"74236—Kathleen Mavourneen Crawford-Crouch
Sung by John McCormack

Mr. McCormack has given an exquisite rendering of this famous ballad, which has been truly called the queen among Irish songs. Although it has often been stated that the song was not of Irish birth, and though the music was composed by an Englishman, Frederick Nichols Crouch, the beautiful words were written by a true daughter of Ireland, Mrs. Julia Crawford, who was born in County Cavan. The poem first appeared in Captain Maryatt's Metropolitan Magazine about 1835. Crouch saw it there, and being much attracted by the beauty of the verses, at once sought out the authoress and obtained her permission to set them to music. The result was the most widely popular of all Irish ballads, and one which retains a permanent hold on the public favor.

Kathleen Mavourneen! the gray dawn is breaking,
The horn of the hunter is heard on the hill,
The lark from her light wing the bright due is shaking—
Kathleen Mavourneen! what, slumbering still?
Oh hast thou forgotten how soon we must sever?
Oh hast thou forgotten how soon we must part?
It may be for years and it may be forever,
Oh why art thou silent, thou voice of my heart?

Kathleen Mavourneen! awake from thy slumbers,
The blue mountains glow in the sun's golden light;
Ah! where is the spell that once hung on thy numbers?
Arise in thy beauty, thou star of the night!
Mavourneen! Mavourneen! my sad tears are falling,
To think that from Erin and thee I must part:
It may be for years and it may be forever,
Then why art thou silent, thou voice of my heart?"

You can view the Wikipedia article on the song here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kathleen...


And please visit the John McCormack Society here:
http://www.mccormacksociety.co.uk/

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