The Lark in the Clear Air for Harp

For Lever or Pedal Harp

IRISH TRADITIONAL
Lyrics by Sir Samuel Ferguson
Arr. J. Lanier

Key of G Major (1 sharp)
No lever or pedal changes required

The tune for The Lark in the Clear is originally the folk song Kathleen Nowlan (Caitilin Ni Uallachain) which is believed to be from the early 19th Century. It was also known as "The Tailor's Son". The lyrics were from a poem by Sir Samuel Ferguson who after searching for a long time, chose the Kathleen Nowlan tune as the perfect melody for his poem.  The story of Ferguson's search is an interesting one and can be found on YouTube: The Lark in the Clear Air: The Story Behind the Song

Also, if you have ever seen the movie with Kate Winslet and Judi Dench called "Iris", you might recall them singing this song.

Sir Samuel Ferguson's poem/lyrics are quite beautiful: 
Dear thoughts are in my mind
And my soul soars enchanted, 
As I hear the sweet lark sing 
In the clear air of the day. 
For a tender beaming smile 
To my hope has been granted, 
And tomorrow she shall hear 
All my fond heart would say. 

I shall tell her all my love, 
All my soul's adoration, 
And I think she will hear 
And will not say me nay. 
It is this that gives my soul 
All its joyous elation, 
As I hear the sweet lark sing
In the clear air of the day.

 

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