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If there were dreams to sell

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If there were dreams to sell, again from 1918, is a setting of the poem Dream Pedlary by Thomas Lovell Beddoes (1803-1849). The dream the poet wishes to buy, to 'heal my ill', is a 'cottage Ione and still'. A complex character, Beddoes trained in medicine but was regarded as too much of a political revolutionary to be allowed to further his career as a university academic. He died by his own hand. Dream Pedlary remains his best-known poetic work, in part thanks to Ireland's direct, straightforward setting featuring a tune that you can start humming from memory as early as the second time around.

from notes by Andrew Green © 1999


Ireland: Songs


Track 19 on CDA67261/2 CD1 [2'16] 2CDs

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