“The Fairy Lullaby”

Author: unknown
Keywords: foreignlanguage homesickness abduction rescue death magic ritual lullaby supernatural husband
Found in: Ireland


Irish Gaelic: Singer laments: it's a year since she was taken from her husband and brought to the fairy hill. She gives instructions for spells to release her; if she is not rescued in time, she will become queen of the fairies. She croons to her baby


In Lomax's interpretation, the woman has died shortly after marriage, and is in the last day of her year with the fairies, rocking a fairy child. If she is not rescued, she can never reassume mortal form - PJS