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The figure of Angus Og (whose name means ‘ever young’) is an ancient Celtic deity, associated in many stories with youth, beauty and love — though in others he is portrayed as a frightening figure or trickster, with power over death and the underworld. In this traditional lullaby he appears in his more benign guise as a bringer of sweet dreams.
Sheena Phillips' beautiful arrangement creates a backdrop of slowly moving harmonies, by turns rich and grounded, then chromatic and ethereal. You will need some bass singers who can reach low E♭.
The recording is by the Lancaster Chorale, Ohio, dir. Robert Trocchia.
Pronunciation guide included.
Can ye no hush your weepin' oh, A' the wee lambs are sleepin' oh,[all] Birdies are nestlin', nestlin' thegither,[together] Dream Angus is hirpling owre the heather.[loping / striding over]
Dreams to sell, fine dreams to sell, Angus is here wi' dreams to sell. Hush ye my baby and sleep without fear, Dream Angus has brought you a dream, my dear.
List to the curlew cryin' oh,[listen] Fainter the echoes dyin' oh, Even the birds and beasties are sleepin', But my bonny bairn is weepin', weepin'.[beautiful child]
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