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Maire My girl – an Irish love song

Maire My Girl was written by Irish poet John Keegan Casey and published in 1867 in his collection of poems called, A Wreath of Shamrocks.

Casey is best known for writing The Rising of the Moon about the 1798 Irish Rebellion. He wrote several other nationalist poems, but as Maire My Girl, shows he was also comfortable writing love poetry.

The music was composed by George Aitken.

Maire is pronounced Moyer.

This version is sung by Richard Tauber, but it was also recorded by several other leading performers in the first half of the 20th century, including John Mccormick, Josef Locke and Tom Burke.

The lyrics to Maire My Girl by John Keegan Casey

Over the dim blue hills strays a wild river

Over the dim blue hills rests my heart ever

Dearer and brighter than jewels and pearl

Dwells she in beauty there Maire my girl.

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Down upon Claris heath shines the soft berry

On the brown harvest tree droops the red cherry

Sweeter thy honey lips softer the curl

Straying adown thy cheeks Maire my girl.

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‘Twas on an April eve that I first met her

Many an eve shall pass ere I forget her

Since my young heart has been wrapped in a whirl

Thinking and dreaming of Maire my girl.

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She is too kind and fond ever to grieve me

She has too pure a heart e’er to deceive me

Was I Tyrconnell’s chief or Desmond’s earl

Life would be dark, wanting Maire my girl.

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Over the dim blue hills strays a wild river

Over the dim blue hills rests my heart ever

Dearer and brighter than jewels or pearl

Dwells she in beauty there Maire my girl.