Tune of the Day: Sarsfield's Lamentation
The oldest appearance of this tune is in The Hibernian Muse, printed in London in 1787. Tune collector Francis O'Neill writes:
This lamentation derives its importance from the historical prominence of General Sarsfield as the Irish Commander at the Siege of Limerick. That circumstance obviously accounts for its being confounded in later times with “Limerick's Lamentation”.