T: Avenging And Bright
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Also known as Crooghan A Venee, Cruachan Na Feinne.
There are 2 recordings of this tune.
Avenging And Bright has been added to 22 tunebooks.
This isn’t really a waltz, although it could be I guess. Anyway, lyrics by Sir Thomas Moore:
Avenging and bright fall the swift sword of Erin,
On him who the brave sons of Usna betray’d!
For ev’ry fond eye he hath waken’d a tear in,
A drop from his heart-wounds shall weep o’er her blade!
By the red cloud that hung over Conner’s dark dwelling,
When Ulad’s three champions lay sleeping in gore
By the billows of war, which so often, high swelling,
Have wafted these heroes to victory’s shore.
We swear to revenge them! no joy shall be tasted,
The harp shall be silent, the maiden unwed,
Our halls shall be mute and our fields shall lie wasted,
‘Till vengeance is wreak’d on the murderer’s head!
Yes, monarch! tho’ sweet are our home recollections,
‘Tho sweet are the tears that from tenderness fall;
Tho’ sweet are our friendships, our hopes, our affections,
Revenge on a tyrant is sweetest of all!
This is one of my favorite songs (although I play it as a tune). If I remember right, the tune is much older than the lyrics, which were written by Moore near the beginning of the 19th century.