The Gartan Mother’s Lullaby jig

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X: 1
T: The Gartan Mother's Lullaby
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
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A2A ed c|d2dA2c|d2d c<A F|(G3G2)A|
d2d ed c|d2dA2c|d2d c<A F|(G3G2)A|
B2B =cA F|FF2D2F|G2FD2D|HD6:|

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Codail A Linbh

Discovered this little gem in my search for uniquely Irish Christmas carols/songs. Also known as "Sleep, Child" and "The Gartan Mother’s Lullaby". There is a poem for the words to the song, attributed to Seosamh MacCathmhaoil. As a lullaby, it should of course be played much slower than a jig, but because of the 6/8 time it must fit into the "Jig" tune section of The Session.

Re: Codail A Linbh

The Gartan Mother’s Lullaby
by Seosamh MacCathmhaoil (1879-1944)

Sleep, O babe, for the red bee hums
The silent twilight’s fall:
Aibheall from the Grey Rock comes
To wrap the world in thrall.
A leanbhan O, my child, my joy,
My love and heart’s desire,
The crickets sing you lullaby
Beside the dying fire.

Dusk is drawn, and the Green Man’s Thorn
Is wreathed in rings of fog:
Siabhra sails his boat till morn
Upon the Starry Bog.
A leanbhan O, the pale half moon
Hath brimmed her cusp in dew,
And weeps to hear the sad sleep-tune
I sing, O love, to you.

Faintly sweet doth the chapel bell
Ring o’er the valley dim:
Tearmann’s peasant-voices swell
In fragrant evening hymn.
A leanbhan O, the low bell rings
My little lamb to rest
And angel-dreams, till morning sings
Its music in your breast.

Sleep, O babe, for the red bee hums
The silent twilight’s fall:
Aibheall from the Grey Rock comes
To wrap the world in thrall.
A leanbhan O, my child, my joy,
My love and heart’s desire,
The crickets sing you lullaby
Beside the dying fire.

Re: Codail A Linbh

Love to see Coinnle an Linbh Íosa

Re: Coinnle An Linbh Íosa

duffyb said: "Love to see Coinnle an Linbh Íosa"

Thanks for correcting the spelling; the original didn’t look right but I’m not an Irish speaker.

Re: The Gartan Mother’s Lullaby

OK, I realised these are not the same tune (though maybe related). I will try to transcribe Coinnle an Linbh Íosa and post it as a separate tune setting.

Re: The Gartan Mother’s Lullaby

I heard this performed live by Joe and Antoinette McKenna at The Liverpool Traditional Folk Club, at The Cross Keys, Liverpool about ‘79/’80. Beautiful rendition I’ve carried forever

All the best

Brian x