Bean an Trinsigh - Mrs. Trench
Fainí Poer - Fanny Power

family crest
Power Family Crest

Fanny (Frances) Power was a patron of Carolan and the daughter and heiress of David and Elizabeth Power of Coorheen, Loughrea. She married Richard Trench of Co. Galway on 13th March 1732. This explains the title 'Mrs Trench given to some copies of our tune. It was, however, composed before the wedding as is clear from the final verse.

Is mian liom labhairt ar óg-mhaol shuairc.
Is uaisle geanúla gnaol agus cáil,
Do bhios insa mbaile tá ag cuan Loch Riabhach
Táim buioch nar casadh mé laimh léi.

Is aerach is tréitheach an mhaighdean bhreá scafánta
Grá chroí na héireann an péarla deas galanta
´Olaidh go tréan is ná déanaigi failli,
Faoi thuairim Fainí nion Dáibhi.

Siúd í an eala tá ag taobh a' chuain
Na sluaite fear dul in éag dá grá
'S í Faini deas geanúll na ndlaoi is na ndual
Fuar bua go minic le haille.

Nár fhága mé an saol ó go mbi mé go ceannasach
A' damhsa go h'aerach is mé ar do bhainis sé
Fógraim an té sin a d'iarrfadh aon spré leat,
A phéarla leanbh na mbán ghlac.

I wish to speak of a gracious young lady,
A loveable lady of beauty and reputation,
Who lives in the town near the bay of Loch Riabhach.
I'm thankful that I had the chance to meet her.

She's lively, airy, - a cultured fine maiden,
The love of all Ireland and a nice cultured pearl.
O drink up now and don't be slack!
To Fanny, the daughter of David.

She is the swan at the edge of the bay,
Crowds of men are dying for her love.
She's nice gentle Fanny of locks and braids,
Who often gets the prize for beauty.

May I not leave this world, if I may be so bold,
Unless I can cheerfully dance at your wedding feast.
I challenge the one who would ever ask a dowry for you,
O Pearl-Child of white hands.

Musical notations

Irish Lyrics: "Bean an Trinsigh" - The Poems of Carolan by Tomás ÓMaille 1916 pg 158 No 46
English translation by Dennis Doyle.
Remarks: "Fanny Power" - Carolan, the Life and times of an Irish Harper by Donal O'Sullivan, 1958 Vol 2, pg 97 No 155.

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