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It will not be long, love, till our wedding day.
She Moved Through the Fair, arranged for Aliro Voices, is a traditional Irish folk song. The first three verses of the poem were written by Padraic Colum to fit with the fourth verse, which he collected from a traditional song. He then set the poem to a traditional Gaelic melody.
The poem is a tragic story of two young lovers. The woman in the poem tells the narrator that it doesn’t matter that he is poor, her parents won’t mind, and “it will not be long, love, till our wedding day.” But the third verse suggests that something happens to the woman—perhaps an accident, or an illness that the narrator did not know she had—and it strongly implies that she dies before the marriage can take place, for he never sees her again. In the final verse, she comes to him in a dream, or perhaps as a ghost, and reiterates to him: “it will not be long, love, till our wedding day.”