He Moved Through the Fair

大女優モーリン・オハラの歌は聞いたことがなかったんだけど、元歌手だったという母親譲りで歌も上手だなあ。アイルランド伝承の “She Moved Though the Fair” の she を he に変えて歌っている。許されなかった結婚であるにもかかわらず、恋人には結婚式は間近だからと告げ、多分新婚生活の準備のためにバザール(fair)で必要品を買い求めたのだろうか。そしてそれが最期で亡くなってしまうが、昨晩、その相手が亡霊となってやって来て、恋人に結婚式は間近だからと再び告げるという悲しい歌である。




My young love said to me
"My mother won't mind.
And my father won't slight you
for your lack of kind"
And he stepped away from me
and this he did say
"It will not be long, Love,
Till our wedding day"


He stepped away from me
And he moved through the fair
And fondly I watched him
Move here and move there
And then he went homeward
with one star awake
As the swan in the evening
moves over the lake


Last night he came to me
He came softly in
So softly he came
That his feet made no din
And he laid his hand on me
And this he did say:
"It will not be long, Love,
Till our wedding day"