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She Moved Through The Fair

One of the oldest and best loved traditional Irish songs. The melody was probably from the Middle Ages from Co.Donegal and most of the modern lyric was written by the Irish poet Padraic Colum.

My young love said to me,
My mother won’t mind
And my father won’t slight you
For your lack of kind.
And she stepped away from me
And this she did say:
It will not be long, Love,
Till our wedding day.

She stepped away from me
And she moved through the fair
And fondly I watched her
Move here and move there.
And she made her way homeward,
With one star awake,
As the swan in the evening
Moved over the lake.
    
Last night she came to me,
My dead love came in.
So softly she came
That her feet made no din.
As she laid her hand on me,
And this she did say:
It will not be long, love,
‘Til our wedding day.
It will not be long, love,
‘Til our wedding day.

Trad. arr. Michael McGlynn