In Derry vale


In Derry vale, beside the singing river
So oft I strayed, ah, many years ago
And culled at morn, the golden gilded daffodillies
That came with spring to set the world aglow
Oh, Derry vale, my thoughts are ever turning
To your broad stream and fairy circled lea
For your green isles my exiled heart is yearning
So far away, far, far across the sea

In Derry vale, amid the Foyle’s dark waters
The salmon leap above the surging weir
The seabirds call; I still can hear them calling
In night’s long dreams of those who are so dear.
Oh, tarrying years, fly faster, ever faster
I long to see the vale beloved so well
I long to know that I am not forgotten
And there at home in tranquil peace to dwell


Written by W. G. Rothery to the air of Danny Boy

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