A Letter from Ireland:

The Parting Glass


Have you heard to old song “The Parting Glass”? An old Irish and Scottish emigrant song – I remember the late Liam Clancy always singing at the end of his concerts. It was the song of forced emigration – sad and melancholy, but very powerful.

This photo (which I’ve shown before) of Carina going down the pier in Dunquin in Dingle – heading out to the Blasket Islands – this photo reminds me of the opportunities and choices we have today. She’s heading in the opposite direction of many emigrants of old.We can go in many directions, we have choices we’ve never had before. We can sing “The Parting Glass” with friends and family, but know that we can see them again the next day – or return soon.

“Of all the comrades that e’er I had
They’re sorry for my going away
And all the sweethearts that e’er I had
They’d wish me one more day to stay
But since it fell unto my lot
That I should rise and you should not
I gently rise and softly call
Good night and joy be to you all

Fill to me the parting glass
And drink a health whate’er befalls
And gently rise and softly call
Good night and joy be to you all “

  • Patty says:

    This song Touches my heart
    -I have heard it sung by Celtic Woman-
    I lead a traveling life style
    ( due to job requirements )
    , and have had to leave loved ones many
    times when I wished I could have stayed
    with them,

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