Douglas Hyde, Abhráin Grádh Chuige Connacht / Love Songs of Connacht [orig. 1893; 5th edn.] (Dublin: Gill & Macmillan 1909)

[Note: Besides its importance as giving impetus to a renewed interest in Irish poetry and song during the Gaelic Revival, Hyde's compilation of texts, translations and commentary had considerable importance for its introduction of a translation language in the foot-note section of the page which more resembles the syntax of the Irish-language originals that the conventional Hiberno-English patterns of lexis and syntax employed by contemporary bilingual speakers in Ireland. The example that he gave in this way possibly inspired - or at least lent confidence to - John Millington Synge in his own experiments with a new literary language for the Anglo-Irish stage, based on his own profound knowledge and understanding of spoken Irish in the Gaeltacht or Irish-speaking regions of the country. Source: The following page images are copied from the 1909 Edition available at Internet Archive - online; accessed 01.06.2019.]

Cover and final page (published without boards)
Love Songs of Connacht
Love Songs of Connacht 

Title Page

Love Songs of Connacht
“Mala Neifin / The Brow of Nefin”
Love Songs of Connacht
“Mo Brón air an bFairrge / My Grief on the Sea”
Love Songs of Connacht
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Love Songs 5b
[ Literal translation - footnote ]

*Literally. My grief on the sea. It is it that is big. It is it that is going between me And my thousand treasures. I was left at home Making grief, Without any hope of (going) over sea with me, For ever or aye. My grief that I am not, And my white moorneen, In the province of Leinster Or County of Clare. My sorry I am not, And my thousand loves On board of a ship Voyaging to America. A bed of rushes Was under me last night And I threw it out With the heat of the day. My love came To my side, Shoulder to shoulder And mouth on mouth.

Cf. James Joyce, Ulysses (1922)—
Joyce, Ulysses - Proteus

Ulysses (1922; revised edn. 1984), 3:384-400.


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