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The Lark in the Clear Air

[ Roud 24791 ; Sir Samuel Ferguson (1810-1886)]

Paddie Bell sang The Lark in the Clear Air on her 1968 album I Know Where I'm Going.

Hannah James sang The Lark in the Clear Air in 2000 on Kerfuffle's album Links. They noted:

Hannah learned The Lark in the Clear Air, a traditional Irish song, from her first singing teacher, Mrs Hawkins, when she was eight years old. Mrs Hawkins is sadly no longer with us so this song is dedicated to her.

Cara Dillon sang The Lark in the Clear Air, accompanied by Sam Lakeman on piano, in 2001 on her eponymous debut album Cara Dillon. This track was also included in advance in the same year on the Mrs Casey anthology Evolving Tradition 3.

Ruth Notman sang Lark in the Clear Air, “[a] song from Ireland that I learnt when I was a wee bairn”, on her 2009 CD The Life of Lilly.

Karine Polwart sang The Lark in the Clear Air on her 2017 CD A Pocket of Wind Resistance.

Maddy Prior, Hannah James and Giles Lewin sang The Lark in the Clear Air unaccompanied on their 2018 Park CD Shortwinger. They noted:

The first use of this tune, Cathleen Nowlan, seems to have been as an eighteenth-century rebel song. A hundred years later, Belfast writer Samuel Ferguson wrote these words, that were to make it one of the most famous romantic songs in the tradition.

Lyrics

Sir Samuel Ferguson's The Lark in the Clear Air Karine Polwart sings The Lark in the Clear Air

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.

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 will hear
All my fond heart has to say.

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

I will tell her of my love
And my soul's pure adoration,
And I know she will hear my voice
And she will not answer 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.