The Meeting Of The Waters

by Paddy Kelly

There is not in this wide world a valley so sweet
As the vale in whose bosom the bright waters meet,
Oh! the last rays of feeling and life must depart
Ere the bloom of that valley shall fade from my heart.

Ere the bloom of that valley shall fade from my heart.

Yet it was not that Nature had shed o'er the scene
Her purest of crystal and brightest of green
'Twas not her soft magic of streamlet or hill
Oh! no, it was something more exquisite still.

Oh! no, it was something more exquisite still

'Twas that friends, the beloved of my bosom were near
Who made every dear scene of enchantment more dear
And who felt how the best charms of Nature improve
When we see them reflected from looks that we love.

When we see them reflected from looks that we love.

Sweet Vale of Avoca! how calm I could rest,
In thy bosom of shade, with the friends I love best
Where the storms that we feel in this cold world should cease
And our hearts, like thy waters, be mingled in peace.

And our hearts, like thy waters, be mingled in peace.

Song Details

River Avoca

Lyrics: Thomas Moore (1779–1852) - Irish poet, singer/songwriter, musician, and author.

Music: Set to the music of a traditional Irish melody called The Old Head Of Dennis.

Brief: The Meeting Of The Waters(Cumar an dá Uisce) is where the Avonmore and Avonbeg rivers come together to form the River Avoca situated in County Wicklow, Ireland.

This enchanting area where Moore spent many special moments with his dearest of friends was immortalized by him in this famous song.

References:
Avonmore - (Irish: Abhainn Mhór) - meaning "Big River"
Avonbeg - (Irish: Abhainn Bheag) - meaning "Small River"

Category: Irish Folk

Other Recording Artists: Maureen Hegarty, John McCormack, James McCracken, Tommy Fleming, John McDermott...

Logo The Meeting Of The Waters by Paddy Kelly is featured on the album Songs Of Ireland .

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