Eileen Aroon 6 Ah haste to these arms sweet Sheela my dear, Ah haste to these arms sweet Sheela my dear, Poor Murtagh no ease can find Your image still haunts my mind; When Sheela is absent, each day seems a year, When Sheela is absent, each day seems a year. I'll travel to Bublin in search of my love, I'll travel to Bublin in search of my love, There, fly to the play each night, To meet my own heart's delight; And then to Kilkenny return with my love, And then to Kilkenny return with my love. The latter song is also in <<The Thrush>>, London, p. 16, 1827. A song to the tune "Aileen Aroon" was written and published by a songwriter in London, William Collins. His songs have tune directions which are mostly Irish tunes, and several of the songs are set in Ireland, and all are much better songs than the general run of Anglo-Irish songs, most of which are supposedly comic songs about the backwardness of the Irishman. His song is in his collection of sixty songs entitled <<The New Vocal Miscellany>>, 1787. see EILAROO.NOT WBO Apr98
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