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FIRST AND SECOND NUMBERS.
Power takes the liberty of announcing to the Public a Work which has long been a Desideratum in this country. Though the beauties of the National Music of Ireland have been very generally felt and acknowledged, yet it has happened, through the want of appropriate English words, and of the arrangement necessary to adapt them to the voice, that many of the most excellent Compositions have hitherto remained in obscurity. It is intended, therefore, to form a Collection of the best Original Irish MELODIES, with characteristic Symphonies and Accompaniments; and with Words containing, as frequent as possible, allusions to the manners and history of the Country. Sir John SteVENSON has very kindly consented to undertake the
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arrangement of the Airs; and the lovers of simple National Music may rest secure that, in such tasteful hands, the native charms of the original melody will not be sacrificed to the ostentation of science.
In the poetical part, Power has had promises of assistance from several distinguished Literary Characters, particularly from Mr. Moore, whose lyrical talent is so peculiarly suited to such a task, and whose zeal in the undertaking will be best understood from the following Extract of a Letter which he has addressed to Sir John STEVENSON on the subject:
" I feel very anxious that a Work of this kind 66 should be undertaken. We have too long 66 neglected the only talent for which our Eng" lish Neighbours ever deigned to allow us any 66 credit. Our National Music has never been
properly collected ;* and, while the composers cs of the Continent have enriched their Operas 16 and Sonatas with Melodies borrowed from Ire
* The writer forgot, when he made this assertion, that the Public are indebted to Mr. BUNTING for a very valuable Collection of Irish Music; and that the patriotic genius of Miss Owenson has been employed upon some of our finest Airs.