The Gentle Maiden waltz

Also known as A Child Of Dreamland, An Maigdean Ceannsa, The Bare-Headed Poor Old Man, I Am A Long Time Here, Is Fada Annso Me, It Is My Deep Sorrow, Owen Coir, When The South Wind Blows.

There are 6 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Gentle Maiden has been added to 7 tune sets.

The Gentle Maiden has been added to 62 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: The Gentle Maiden
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
F |: "G"G>AG "D7"FED | "G"d3 "C"efg | "G"d>cB "am"A2~G |1 "am"E3-E2"D7"F :|2 "G"G3-G2 d ||
"G"defg2g | g3-"C"gfe | "G"d>cB "am"A2~G | "am"E3-E2"D7"F |
"G"G>AG "D7"FED | "G"d3 "C"efg | "G"d>cB "D7"A2~G | "G"G3-G2 |]
X: 2
T: The Gentle Maiden
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
"G" G3 A G2 | "D7" F2 E2 D2 | "G" d6 | "C" e2 f2 g2 |
"G" d3 c B2 | "am" A2~G |1 "am" E3- | E4 "D7" :|2 "G" G3- | G4 ||
"G" d2 e2 f2 | g4 g2 | g6- |"C" g2 f2 e2 |
"G" d3 c B2 | "am" A4 G2 | "am" E6- | E4 "D7" F2 |
"G" G3 A G2 | "D7" F2 E2 D2 | "G" d6 | "C" e2 f2 g2 |
"G" d3 c B2 | "D7" A4 G2 | "G" G6- | G4 ||
X: 3
T: The Gentle Maiden
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
G2 A2 G2 | F2 E2 D2 | d4 d2 | e2 f2 g2 |
d2 c2 B2 | A4 G2 | E6- | E4 F2 |
G2 A2 G2 | F2 E2 D2 | d4 d2 | e2 f2 g2 |
d2 c2 B2 | A4 G2 | G6- | G4 :|
d2 e2 f2 | g4 g2 | g6 | g2 f2 e2 |
d2 c2 B2 | A4 G2 | E6- | E4 A2 |
G2 A2 G2 | F2 E2 D2 | d4 d2 |
e2 f2 g2 | d2 c2 B2 | A4 G2 | G6- | G4 :|
X: 4
T: The Gentle Maiden
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
G2 GA G2 | F2 (3EFE D2 | d2 B2 d2 | e3 f g2 |
d2 c2 B2 | A4 G2 |1 E6 | D4 :|
2 G6- | G4 d2 ||
d2 e2 f2 | g2 (3fgf g2 | e3 f g2 | g2 (3fgf e2 |
d3 c B2 | A4 G2 | E6 | F4 D2 |
G3 A G2 | F2 E2 D2 | d3 B d2 | e2 f2 g2 |
d2 c3 B | A4 G2 | G6- | G4 ||

Seven comments

The gentle maiden

This is a slow air. I have transcribet it from a James Galway CD.

It’s really a slow 3/4 air - would have been better entered as a waltz. Lovely tune, though. There’s a song to it, "Mavour (n) een’s The Flower Of Killarney". (I don’t know the correct spelling.)

“The Gentle Maiden” ~ it has been notated in the past as 6/8, but ~

I agree with nicholas, I don’t think that does it justice. It is also played as a waltz too… Here is your transcription, no changes to the notes or chords, as 3/4:

M: 3/4
L: 1/8
R: air / waltz
K: G Major
|: F2 |
"G" G3 A G2 | "D7" F2 E2 D2 | "G" d6 | "C" e2 f2 g2 |
"G" d3 c B2 | "am" A2~G |1 "am" E3- | E4 "D7" :|2 "G" G3- | G4 ||
d2 |
"G" d2 e2 f2 | g4 g2 | g6- |"C" g2 f2 e2 |
"G" d3 c B2 | "am" A4 G2 | "am" E6- | E4 "D7" F2 |
"G" G3 A G2 | "D7" F2 E2 D2 | "G" d6 | "C" e2 f2 g2 |
"G" d3 c B2 | "D7" A4 G2 | "G" G6- | G4 ||

“Gentle Maiden” ~ Edward Bunting

The source for the following transcription is Edward Bunting. His notes are that he collected it in 1839 from a Miss Murphy, Dublin. Bunting’s transcription was in 6/8. All I’ve done is to change that to 3/4, the notes and repeats remain his…

R: waltz / air
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
Q: 70
K: G
|: F2 |
G2 A2 G2 | F2 E2 D2 | d4 d2 | e2 f2 g2 |
d2 c2 B2 | A4 G2 | E6- | E4 F2 |
G2 A2 G2 | F2 E2 D2 | d4 d2 | e2 f2 g2 |
d2 c2 B2 | A4 G2 | G6- | G4 :|
|: d2 |
d2 e2 f2 | g4 g2 | g6 | g2 f2 e2 |
d2 c2 B2 | A4 G2 | E6- | E4 A2 |
G2 A2 G2 | F2 E2 D2 | d4 d2 |
e2 f2 g2 | d2 c2 B2 | A4 G2 | G6- | G4 :|

“The Gentle Maiden” ~ lyrics

"The Fiddler’s Companion" ~ Andrew Kuntz
http://www.ibiblio.org/fiddlers/GEA_GEN.htm

GENTLE MAIDEN, THE (An Maigdean Ceannsa). AKA and see "When the South Wind Blows," "Is Fada Annso Me" (I am a long time here), "It is my deep sorrow," "The Bare-Headed Poor Old Man," "Owen Coir." Irish (originally) ~

A song set to the melody was recorded by John McCormick in 1940 and later by Frank Patterson:

There’s one that is a pure as an angel,
As fair as the flowers of May,
They call her the gentle maiden
Wherever she takes her way.
Her eyes have the galnce of sunlight,
As it brightens the blue sea wave
And more than the deep sea treasure
The love of her heart I crave.

Though parted afar from my darling,
I dream of her everywhere,
The sound of her voice is about me,
The spell of her presence there.
An wheather my prayers be granted,
Or wheather she pass me by,
The face of the gentle maiden
Will follow me till I die.

“Gentle Maiden” ~ and someone other than Bunting taking it for a stroll

M: 3/4
L: 1/8
R: Waltz
K: G Major
|: D2 |
G2 GA G2 | F2 (3EFE D2 | d2 B2 d2 | e3 f g2 |
d2 c2 B2 | A4 G2 |1 E6 | D4 :|
2 G6- | G4 d2 ||
d2 e2 f2 | g2 (3fgf g2 | e3 f g2 | g2 (3fgf e2 |
d3 c B2 | A4 G2 | E6 | F4 D2 |
G3 A G2 | F2 E2 D2 | d3 B d2 | e2 f2 g2 |
d2 c3 B | A4 G2 | G6- | G4 ||

Note: I forgot to change the ‘Q’ for the previous Bunting transcription, which should have been doubled to read Q: 140.