This lullaby was collected and translated by Arthur W. Moore in 1896.

Notes

*or "Ta'n smarage gaase doo 'sy chiollagh" (The cinder grows black on the hearth).

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According to the article, "Good-Night and Parting Songs: In Relation to the Night Visit and the 'Aubade' or Dawn Song; With Manx Examples" by A. G. Gilchrist, published in "Journal of the Folk-Song Society" Vol. 7, No. 28, Manx Collection, Part I (Dec., 1924):

"The Manx 'Arrane oie vie' ('Goodnight Song') was the last song sung at the end of a protracted bout of carol-singing in the churches on the 'Oie'll Voirrey' or Mary's Eve (i.e. Christmas Eve), which generally ended for most of the company with a visit to the nearest tavern and the drinking of hot spiced ale, after which the revellers sang 'Goodnight Song' and went home to bed."

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