Kate of Garnavilla

Lyrics

CHORUS
Have you been to Garnavilla
Did you see in Garnavilla
Beauty’s train trip o’er the plain
With lovely Kate of Garnavilla

She’s pure as virgin snows
Ere they light on woodland hill-o
Sweet as dew-drop on wild rose
Is lovely Kate of Garnavilla
Chorus

Philomel, I’ve listened oft
To thy lay, nigh weeping willow
Oh ! the strain more sweet, more soft
That flows from Kate of Garnavilla
Chorus

As a noble ship I’ve seen
Sailing o’er the swelling billow
So I’ve marked the graceful mien
Of lovely Kate of Garnavilla
Chorus

If poets’ prayers can banish cares
No cares shall come to Garnavilla
Joy’s bright rays shall gild her days
And dove-like peace perch on her pillow
Chorus

She is whiter than a swan on a lake
And than snow atop the round heather
Her kiss is sweeter than dew on a rose
‘Tis Kate, my treasure, in Garnavilla
Chorus

Her music sounds sweeter than blackbird or thrush
And nightingale on a willow-tree branch
Like a ship under sail on sea without fog
Sure, I’m seeing my treasure in Garnavilla
Chorus

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Notes

John Augustine Wade, born in Thomas-street, Dublin, in 1796, was clerk in the Irish Record Office in 1820, and studied the violin under O’Rourke. He married Miss Kelly, of Garnavilla, studied medicine, and removed to London in 1822.

 



County

Clare

Song Themes

Irish women

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