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Band Played On, The (St. Patrick's Day)

Words by John E. Palmer, music by Charles B. Ward, 1895. A Gay Nineties classic, its lyrics demonstrate the strong Irish presence in American songwriting at that time.

Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms (St. Patrick's Day)

Anonymously composed melody dating back to the 1730s, words set by Irish Poet Laureate Thomas Moore(1779-1852) in 1808. The same melody as Harvard's official alma mater, "Fair Harvard." All portraits by Irish painter Sir William Orpen(1878-1931).

Brian Boru's March (St. Patrick's Day)

Brian Boru (941-1014 AD), fabled Irish hero and King, is credited with having unified Ireland in a time when it was divided into numerous warring kingdoms. The March bearing his name is one of the oldest traditional Irish tunes.

Come Back To Erin (St. Patrick's Day)

Words & music (1866) by Charlotte Alington Pye Barnard(1830-1869), British poetess and composer, writing under the pseudonym Claribel(probably inspired by a Tennyson poem of the same name). "Mavourneen" and "Aroon" like "Machree" are terms of endearment.

Danny Boy (St. Patrick's Day)

The ancient "Londonderry Air" most famously set to these words by British lawyer Fred Weatherly in 1913. Weatherly also wrote the words for "The Holy City" and "Roses Of Picardy."

Harp That Once, Thro' Tara's Halls, The (St. Patrick's Day)

The words of Irish bard Thomas Moore(1808) set to the 18th century tune "Gramachree." The Hill of Tara, County Meath (near Dublin) was the ancient seat of Irish kings.