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“Kathleen Mavourneen! the gray dawn is breaking, / The horn of the hunter is heard on the hill. /... / It may be for years, and it may be forever; / Oh, why art thou silent, thou voice of my heart?”
Julia Crawford, Irish poet, songwriter
(1800 - 1885)
“Kathleen Mavourneen” was first published over the name of “Mrs. Crawford.” Her first name seems to have been Julia, but she’s also referred to as Mrs. L.M. Crawford (for Louisa Macartney). In addition, online you’ll see the author of these lyrics identified as Anne Crawford and, fairly often, as Marion Crawford. Her birth and death dates are approximate.