Familiar Songs - Their Authors & Histories

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The following song of Thomas Moore's is one of the many which Sir John Andrew Stevenson arranged to old Irish airs. Stevenson was born in 1761, in Dublin, Ireland, where his father was a professor of music. When ten years old, he was received into the choir school of Christ Church, where he soon gave promise of the fine abilities that after­ward distinguished him. He was made choral-vicar of Dublin Cathedral, and was knighted. He produced an oratorio entitled "The Thanksgiving," and anthems and glees that are still popular. He died, September 14, 1833. The air to which "Erin! the Tear" is sung is " Aileen Aroon," which is the true old Irish form of the beautiful " Robin Adair."