Samuel Lover (February 24, 1797 Dublin – July 6, 1868) was an Irish songwriter, novelist, as well as a painter of portraits, chiefly miniatures. He was the grandfather of Victor Herbert.
Samuel was born at number 60 Grafton Street and went to school at Samuel Whyte's at 79 Grafton Street, now home to Bewley's cafe. By 1830 he was secretary of the Royal Hibernian Academy and lived at number 9 D'Olier Street.
Samuel eventually moved to London and made his main residence there.
Lover produced a number of Irish songs, of which several — including The Angel's Whisper, Molly Bawn, and The Four-leaved Shamrock — attained great popularity
A memorial in St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin summarises his achievements Poet, painter, novelist and composer, who, in the exercise of a genius as distinguished in its versatility as in its power, by his pen and pencil illustrated so happily the characteristics of the peasantry of his country that his name will ever be honourably identified with Ireland.
This short biography came from Wikipedia and the poem itself from Old Irish Poems.
For incidental music:
Diane Arkenstone The Secret Garden See the Contributor page for more details.
Kim Robertson, Angels in Disguise. See the Contributor page for more details.
Time Ticks Away by Jigger See the Contributor page for more details.
Appalachian Celtic Consort, Road to Lisdoonvarna/Tobin's from their album Come by the Hills. See their Contributor page for more details.
For our Theme music, special thanks go to Culann's Hounds, http://www.sfhounds.com See the Contributor page for more details.
Special thanks go for permission to use their inspired music to Keltoria. We play their track Twilight Sanctuary from their album Shadows & Stone in this episode. You can find out more about Keltoria on their website or on their Contributor page.
Special thanks go for permission to use her masterful music to Anne Roos. We play her wonderful Criagieburn Wood from her superb album Light in the Forest. You can find out more about Anne on her website or on her Contributor page.
And, of course, the Awen - inspiration and imagination!