Familiar Songs - Their Authors & Histories

300 traditional songs, inc sheet music with full piano accompaniment & lyrics.

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Thomas Moore, in this song, refers to an old historical fact, and an old tradition of his country. Malachi was King of Ireland, in the tenth century. In a battle with the Danes, he successively defeated two champions, in a hand-to-hand encounter, and took from one his sword, from the other his collar of gold. The second stanza refers to a fisherman's tradition, that when the water of Lough Neagh was clear, they could see in its depths the spirt's of towns that had once stood upon its banks. The air is called " The Red Fox."