Óró, ‘sÉ Do Bheatha Abhaile

Sheet music for harp and voice; part of the Irish Folks Songs set


"Welcome home, O my gracious lady,

Now at the start of summer!"


This song is about Gráinne Mhaol, or Grace O'Malley, the sea-queen of Connacht who lived in the 16th century, and it probably dates from Gráinne's own lifetime. It is a song welcoming her home after a time when she was held captive by the English. "Welcome home, woman who was mournful. O, our grief that you were in fetters! All your realm in the hands of strangers..." The sheet music includes the original Gaelic words and an English translation that is faithful to the original meaning, rhyme, and meter, and is easy to sing (3 verses in each language), along with the melody, chords, and arrangement for the lever harp. The music is 4 pages long, 8˝" x 11", printed in black on ivory paper. Level: easy to intermediate. $3.00.



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