This book contains some of the most beautiful and well-loved lyrics of Europe. The Gaelic short lyrics were composed by clerics in monasteries all across Europe from 8th to 12th centuries. The French and Spanish lyrics, equally well-kwn, were composed during the 12th to 20th centuries. The book also includes a written introduction to the lyrics of the original European Union which was kwn as Christendom. The lyrics are given in the original Gaelic, French and Spanish languages and include the literal translations. Included are verse redactions and also bios of the poets. A lyric is a poem which has been, or could be, set to music. Although the main emphasis is on readings, the author has set a few of the verse redactions to simple, well-kwn folk tunes to illustrate the relationship between words and music. The tonic sol-fa method of tation has been used and a key is to be found at the end of the book. The reader may wish to extend this experience to other lyrics.
Sam Drew Carson was born in the North of Ireland and educated there at Wellington College and the Ulster Polytechnic. He completed his education in the USA at New Mexico Highlands University and the University of Arkansas and has traveled widely in North America, around the Atlantic and in Europe. Drew worked as a seaman and fish-gutter in Vestmannaeyjar off the coast of Iceland. He lived and worked in the Irish and Western Isles Gaeltachts and was married in Welsh-speaking Carmarthen after which he honeymooned in Belfast. He has told his stories, composed and sung his songs, seeking storylines in Bristol and the English Westcountry. Drew has also lived and written in Nashville, Tennessee, in the wooded hills of Mid-America and from the Appalachians to the Ozarks. This was the culture that gave rise to the now worldwide Scotch-Irish country music. In the USA, he also worked beside the bayous of the French-speaking Cajuns in the South and among the Western Spanish-speaking Navajos, Apaches and Pueblos of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in New Mexico. Drew has sailed far into the seas of old Gaelic and Oriental legend. After many years searching for inspiration for story and music, the author is still traveling and writing.