She Weeps Over Rahoon

(1939)

Miriam Gideon's song "She Weeps Over Rahoon" sets a text of James Joyce.

"She Weeps Over Rahoon" was published in Joyce's 1913 volume Poems Penyeach. Rahoon is a place on the coast of Ireland. This text has been set by many other American composers in various settings, including Vivian Fine, David Del Tredici, and Eric Whitacre.

She Weeps Over Rahoon
By James Joyce


Rain on Rahoon falls softly, softly falling,
Where my dark lover lies.
Sad is his voice that calls me, sadly calling,
At grey moonrise.


Love, hear thou
How soft, how sad his voice is ever calling,
Ever unanswered, and the dark rain falling,
Then as now.


Dark too our hearts, O love, shall lie and cold
As his sad heart has lain
Under the moongrey nettles, the black mould
And muttering rain.


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