Object #1018560 from MS-Papers-0032-0828

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From: Inward family correspondence - Susan McLean (wife), Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0828 (82 digitised items). The letters from Donald are written from Porirua Barracks, Otaki, Rangitikei, Waikanae, Wanganui and Taranaki. Susan's letters are addressed from Dalmuir Hill (her parent's home) and Wellington Terrace. Many letters are undated and were written prior to their marriage in Aug 1851. Includes correspondence between Susan McLean and her mother Susan Strang (2 letters, undated); one letter from Helen Anne Wilson to Mrs McLean, 30 August 1852

A transcription/translation of this document (by MD) appears below.

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English (MD)



Kathleen Mavoureen the grey dawn is breaking,
The horn of the Hunter is heard on the hill,
The lark from her light wing the bright dew is shaking,
Kathleen Mavourneen what slumbering still.

Oh hast thou forgotten how soon we must serve,
Oh hast thou forgotten this day we must part,
It may be for years, and it may be forever,
Oh why art thou silent, thou voice of my heart,
It may be for years, and it may be for ever,
Then why art thou silent Kathleen Mavourneen.

Kathleen Mavourneen awake from thy slumbers,
The blue mountains glow in the sun's golden light,
Oh where is the spell that once hung on my numbers,
Arise in thy beauty, thou star of my night,
Arise in thy beauty, thou star of my night.

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English (MD)


Kathleen Mavourneen my sad tears are falling,
To think that from Erin and thee I must part,
It may be for years and it may be for ever,
Then why art thou silent, thou voice of my heart,
It may be for years, and it may be for ever,
Then why art thou, silent Kathleen Mavourneen.

English (MD)



Kathleen Mavoureen the grey dawn is breaking,
The horn of the Hunter is heard on the hill,
The lark from her light wing the bright dew is shaking,
Kathleen Mavourneen what slumbering still.

Oh hast thou forgotten how soon we must serve,
Oh hast thou forgotten this day we must part,
It may be for years, and it may be forever,
Oh why art thou silent, thou voice of my heart,
It may be for years, and it may be for ever,
Then why art thou silent Kathleen Mavourneen.

Kathleen Mavourneen awake from thy slumbers,
The blue mountains glow in the sun's golden light,
Oh where is the spell that once hung on my numbers,
Arise in thy beauty, thou star of my night,
Arise in thy beauty, thou star of my night.

Kathleen Mavourneen my sad tears are falling,
To think that from Erin and thee I must part,
It may be for years and it may be for ever,
Then why art thou silent, thou voice of my heart,
It may be for years, and it may be for ever,
Then why art thou, silent Kathleen Mavourneen.

Part of:
Inward family correspondence - Susan McLean (wife), Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0828 (82 digitised items)
Series 9 Inwards family letters, Reference Number Series 9 Inwards family letters (1204 digitised items)
McLean Papers, Reference Number MS-Group-1551 (30238 digitised items)

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