Nansaí Cooper - Nancy Cooper 1 air

Cooper Family Crest
Cooper Family Crest

The Cooper family in Ireland was founded by Edward Cooper, a Cornet in Richard Collooney's regiment of dragoons. Having settled in Sligo, he became possessed of a large estate. His will, dated the 20th December, 1679, was proved on the 5th January, 1680. His son Arthur Cooper of Markree Castle, Do. Sligo, had two sons and five daughters. The third daughter was Anne, who married John Perceval, of Temple House, Co. Sligo, on the 7th Octber, 1772. She is doubtless the Nancy Cooper of Carolan's song.

1. Is fíor-dheas a gnaoidh ghlan is a piob gheal
Lé'r claoidheadh na mílte fear;
Scannraigh si gach sgéimh, cúl cas na gcraobh,
Is dlúith geal a dead, an cheansach chiúin.

2. Is mín, milis, maiseach, mánla,
Socair, cráfach, gan gruaim, do ghnúis, a bhean
Do shúil ghlas, do leaca is áille, súd na táinte aici mar spré. Is follasach don tsaoghal, do gach aon dá mbionn 'n-a cuideach,

3. Is osnadh i gcroidhe don tsaoghal, don te nach bhfághann a furtacht:
Is deas a cos 's a láimh, is geal a brollach bán,
A h-ucht do lag is do chráidh na céadtaibh!
A phéarla ghoid sgéimh is méin na mban,

Song Notations

Notations are courtesy of Carolan, the Life and Times of an Irish Harper by Dónal O'Sullivan p. Celtic Music Edition 1983.

For phonetics consult the pocket dictionary Fóclóir Póca
Replay background music: Nancy Cooper
Courtesy of Vivian and Jack Hennessey, IrishPage.com, 2004.

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