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Kathleen Mavourneen
by John McCormack

The horn of the hunter is heard on the hill.
The lark from her light wing the bright dew is shaking,

Oh, hast thou forgotten how soon we must sever?
Oh, hast thou forgotten this day we must part?
It may be for years, and it may be forever,
Then why art thou silent, thou voice of my heart?
It may be for years and it may be forever,

The blue mountains glow in the sun's golden light.
Ah! Where is the spell that once hung on thy numbers,
Arise in thy beauty, thou star of my night!

Mavourneen, mavourneen, my sad tears are falling,
To think that from Erin and thee I must part!
It may be for years, and it may be forever,
Then why art thou silent, thou voice of my heart?
It may be for years and it may be forever,

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Devil_Ray97

“Towards the end of the evening, we all sat around the piano. And Myra played that song there, that was the one she played. Maybe for years, maybe forever, I'll never forget that. You know how it was, Pete. Winn was like a brother to me. Remember? Towards the end of the evening, things got a little rough. We both began to... well, there were a lot of tears. I went over to Hancock. I took him by the shoulder. I said, ‘Winn, so help me, if I ever raise my hand against you, may God strike me dead.’ “

john finck

This scene, and this song, has stayed with me since I first encountered it many years ago in the film Gettysburg. Both are burned into my memory. It upsets me when people make disparaging comments about actors or musicians, making them out to be useless divas. Some are, no doubt...but most are dedicated people, without whom life would be a gray and dull thing. This song is beautiful, and that scene you quoted from is also beautiful. So the next time you hear someone spouting some populist rant about how "useless" actors or musicians, or even art itself is, remember this song, and this movie. As far as I'm concerned, life without beauty and art wouldn't be worth living.

debbie94510

One of my favorite scenes from my favorite movie of all time....

phantomwriter05

smoking pipe
Yep ...

John P

Incredible, amazing, the absolute summit of Irish Tenor performances.

Dalton

Kathleen Mavourneen the gray dawn is breaking
The horn of the hunter is heard on the hill
The lark from her light wing the bright dew is shaking
Kathleen Mavourneen what slumbering still

Oh have you forgotten how soon we must sever?
Oh have you forgotten this day we must part?
It may be for years and it may be forever
Oh why are you silent thou voice of my heart?
It may be for years and it may be forever;
Then why are you silent Kathleen Mavourneen?

Kathleen Mavourneen awake from thy slumbers
The blue mountains glow in the sun's golden light
Ah! Where is the spell that once hung on my slumbers?
Arise in thy beauty thou star of my night

Mavourneen, Mavourneen my sad tears are falling
To think that from Erin and thee I must part
It may be for years and it may be forever
Then why are you silent thou voice of my heart
It may be for years, and it may be forever;
Then why are you silent, Kathleen Mavourneen?

Sasha Little

And arn't = art

Sasha Little

All you's = thou

Chris Murphy

Where is the spell that once hung on THY NUMBERS--not "my slumbers."

John Schofield

DIVINE!!!!

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