MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
Meeting of the Waters
Mrs.Bulger NFLD 2 Tape 7 Track 5
Trepassey Audio:

LEACH: All right
MRS. BULGER (sings):

There is not in this wide world a valley so sweet
As that vale in whose bosom the bright waters meet
Ere the last ray of feeling and light must depart
Ere the bloom of that valley shall fade from my heart
Ere the bloom of that valley shall fade from my heart

Yet it was not that nature had shed o’er the sea
Her purest of crystal and brightest of green
Twas not her soft magic of stramlet (?) or hill
Oh no it was something more exquisite still
Oh no it was something more exquisite still

Sweet vale of ________ how calm could l rest
In the boughs of _________ shade with the prince l love best
Ere the storms that we sail in this cold world should cease
And our hearts like the waters be mingled in peace
And our hearts like thy waters be mingled in peace

MALE VOICE (in background): Very good.


Sources : O'Conor, p. 54; BROADSIDES: Bodleian, Harding B 11(2174); G Walker (Durham), 1797-1834

History: Text written by Thomas Moore (1779-1852)

Text: The text is Thomas Moore's poem, The Meeting of the Waters which describes a Valley in Avoca that is beautiful and serene.   He likens the valley and waters that flow through it to a peaceful and serene life.   This valley is a place that is shaded from storms just as the author wishes for a restful life filled with friends and love to shade us from the cold world we live in.

Tune: There are five lines in each stanza.   The fourth line ends on the sixth degree of the scale.   Line five is the same as line four but has the conventional V-I cadence at the end.   The form is ABBCC' and the key is major.   This performance is rhythmically free.

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