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The Lark in the Clear Air

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The Lark in the clear Air

Most Irish people know this air as the introductory music to the Sunday morning radio show "Mo Cheol Thú" presented by my uncle, Ciarain MacMathúna, from 1970 to 2005

The air was collected the wife of the Belfast poet Samuel Ferguson (10 March 1810 – 9 August 1886) mary catherine Guiness...she heard the air from an elderly Irish lady set to a song called "The Tailor's Son"

In 1895 Michele Esposito ..itialian compoer and pianist adapted it to the version as we now know it and popularized by his friend Irish american tenor Dennis O’Sullivan .

Lyrics

Lark in the Clear Air

Dear thoughts are in my mind and my soul it 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 he shall hear all my fond heart longs to say

I will tell him all my love, all my soul's pure adoration
And I know he will hear my voice and he will not answer me nay
It is this that gives my soul all it's joyous elation
As I hear the sweet lark sing in the clear air of the day