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Music from the West.                   205
to the Basque provinces of France, and to Scotland; a sort of ubiquitous musical creature. But the bag­pipe was the military instrument in Ireland. Whereas the Welsh marches—vide the 'March of the Men of Harlech'—are harp tunes in grand common time, there is a sort of queer, odd, Rapparee humour in the Irish pipe marches. The following, reported to be very ancient, in g time, bears as a tune a close resemblance to the impassioned jig danced by a wild bare-legged pair, on the cabin door taken off its hinges, of which mention is to be found in the tales of Miss Edgeworth, Lady Morgan, and Griffin.

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