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James Joyce at the Piano in Paris, 1939 James Joyce: Music in the Novels and Poems
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James Joyce Quote
The poor lady sang Killarney in a bodiless gasping voice, with all the old-fashioned mannerisms of intonation and pronunciation which she believed lent elegance to her singing.
James Joyce Unquote

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From the opera The Colleen Bawn:
music by Michael Balfe;
words by Edmund Falconer

Song Lyrics

By Killarney's lakes and fells,
Em'rald isles and winding bays,
Mountain paths and woodland dells,
Mem'ry every fondly strays.
Bounteous nature loves all lands;
Beauty wanders ev'rywhere,
Footprints leaves on many strands,
But her home is surely there!
Angels fold their wings and rest,
In that Eden of the west,
Beauty's home, Killarney,
Ever fair Killarney!

Innisfallen's ruin'd shrine
May suggest a passing sigh,
But man's faith can ne'er decline,
Such God's wonders floating by,
Castle Lough and Glena bay,
Mountains Tore and Eagle's nest,
Still at Mucross you must pray,
Though the monks are now at rest.
Angels wonder not that man,
There would fain prolong life's span,
Beauty's home, Killarney,
Ever fair Killarney!

Music there fore Echo dwells,
Makes each sound a harmony,
Many voic'd the chorus swells,
Till it faints in extacy.
With the charmful tints below,
Seems the Heav'n above to vie,
All rich colors that we know,
Tinge the cloud wreaths in that sky.
Wings of Angels so might shine,
Glancing back soft light divine,
Beauty's home, Killarney,
Ever fair Killarney!

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