“An Irish Mother's Lament”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1935 (Sam Henry collection)
Keywords: love death children father mother abandonment mourning
Found in: Ireland

Description

The Irish mother nurses her child and laments for her dead husband, "Won't you come back to your fond wife's arms? Have you no care for your sweet babe's charms?" She says she has no friends and no hope; "Cushla mavourneen, why did you die?"

References

  1. SHenry H600, pp. 140-141, "An Irish Mother's Lament" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #9448
  3. BI, HHH600