W. B. Yeats, ed. & sel., Fairy and Folk Tales of the Irish Peasantry (London: Walter Scott 1888)

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Contents

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Half-t.p.
The Camelot Series
Edited by Ernest Rhys
FAIRY AND FOLK TALES
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FAIRY AND FOLK TALES OF THE IRISH PEASANTRY

selected and edited by W. B. Yeats

London: Walter Scott, 24 Warwick Lane
New York: 3 East 14th Street
1888

Contents vi-viii
Introduction ix-xviii

THE TROOPING FAIRIES

1

    “The Fairies”, by William Allingham [verse]

3

    “Frank Martin and the Fairies” by William Carleton

5

    “The Priest’s Supper”, by T. Crofton Croker

9

    “The Fairy Well of Lagnanay”, by Samuel Ferguson [verse]

13

    “Teig O’Kane and the Corpse”, trans. from a story by Douglas Hyde

16

    “Paddy Corcoran’s Wife”, by William Carleton

31

    “Cusheen Loo”, trans. from the Irish by J. J. Callanan

33

    “The White Trout: A Legend of Cong”, by S[amuel] Lover

35

    “The Fairy Thorn”, by Samuel Ferguson [verse]

38

    “The Legend of Knockgrafton”, by T. Crofton Croker

40

    “A Donegal Fairy”, by Letitia Maclintock

46

  CHANGELINGS

47

    “The Brewery of Egg-shells”, by T. Crofton Croker

48

    “The Fairy Nurse”, by Edward Walsh

51

    “Jamie Freel and the Young Lady”, by Letitia MacClintock

52

    “The Stolen Child” [by W. B. Yeats]

59

  THE MERROW

61

    “The Soul Cages”, by T. Crofton Croker

61

    “Flory Cantillon’s Funeral”, by T. Crofton Croker

75

THE SOLITARY FAIRIES

79

    “The Lepracaun; or, Fairy Shoemaker”, by William Allingham [verse]

81

    “Master and Man”, by T. Crofton Croker

81

    “Far Darrig in Donegal”, by Letitia Maclintock

90

   THE POOKA 94

    “The Piper and the Puca”, by Douglas Hyde

95

    “Daniel O’Rourke”, by T. Crofton Croker

97

    “The Kildare Pooka”, by Patrick Kennedy

105

   THE BANSHEE 107

    “How Thomas Connolly met the Banshee”, by John Todhunter

108

    “A Lamentation for the Death of Sir Maurice Fitzgerald”, by J. C. Mangan

112

    “The Banshee of the MacCarthys”, by T. Crofton Croker

113

GHOSTS

128

    “A Dream”, by William Allingham

129

    “Grace Connor”, by Letitia MacClintock

130

    “A Legend of Tyrone”, by Ellen O’Leary

132

    “The Black Lamb”, by Lady Wilde

134

    “The Song of the Ghost”, by Alfred Percival Graves 134

    “The Radiant Boy”, by Mrs. Crow

136

    “The Fate of Frank M’Kenna”, by William Carleton

139

WITCHES, FAIRY DOCTORS

146

    “Bewitched Butter (Donegal)”, by Letitia MacClintock

149

    “A Queen’s County Witch” [Dublin University Magazine, 1839]

151

    “The Witch Hare”, by Mr. & Mrs. S. C. Hall

154

    “Bewitched Butter (Queen’s County)” [Dublin University Magazine, 1839]

151

    “The Horned Women”, by Lady Wilde

165

    “The Witches’ Excursion”, by Patrick Kennedy

168

    “The Confessions of Tom Bourke”, by T. Crofton Croker

170

    “The Pudding Bewitched”, by William Carleton

185

T’YEER-NA-N-OGE

200

    “The Legend of O’Donoghue”, by T. Crofton Croker

201

    “Rent-Day” [n.a.]

203

    “Loughleagh (Lake of Healing)” [Dublin and London Magazine, 1825]

206

    “Hy-Brasail.-The Isle of the Blest”, by Gerald Griffin

212

    “The Phantom Isle”, by Giraldus Cambrensis

213

SAINTS, PRIESTS-

214

    “The Priest’s Soul”, by Lady Wilde

215

    “The Priest of Coloony”, by W. B. Yeats

220

    “The Story of the Little Bird”, by T. Crofton Croker

222

    “Conversion of King Laoghaire’s Daughters” [n.a.]

224

    “King O’Toole and his Goose”, by S[amuel] Lover

224

THE DEVIL

    “The Demon Cat”, by Lady Wilde

229

    “The Long Spoon”, by Patrick Kennedy

231

    “The Countess Kathleen O’Shea” [n.a.; London Irish newspaper]

232

    “The Three Wishes”, by William Carleton

235

GIANTS

    “The Giant’s Stairs”, by T. Crofton Croker

260

    “A Legend of Knockmany”, by William Carleton

266

KINGS, QUEENS, PRINCESSES, EARLS, ROBBERS

    “The Twelve Wild Geese”, by Patrick Kennedy

280

    “The Lazy Beauty and her Aunt”, by Patrick Kennedy

286

    “The Haughty Princess”, by Patrick Kennedy

290

    “The Enchantment of Gearoidh Iarla”, by Patrick Kennedy

294

    “Munachar and Manachar”, trans. by Douglas Hyde

296

    “Donald and his Neighbours” [Hibernian Tales]

299

    “The Jackdaw” [n.a]

303

    “The Story of Conn-eda”, by Abraham M’Coy, trans. by Nicholas O’Kearney

306

NOTES

319

Gods of the Earth [319]; Sir Samuel Ferguson [320]; Cusheen Loo [32o]; Legend of Knockgrafton [with music; 320-21]; Stolen Child [321]; Solitary Fairies [321]; Banshee’s Cry [mus. notation by Mr & Mrs Hall; 321]; Omens [321-22]; A Witch Trial [322-23]; T’yeer-na-n-Oge [323]; The Ganconer or Gancanagh [323-34]; Father John O’Hart [324]; Shoneen and Sleiveen [324]; Demon Cat [324]; A Legend of Knockmany [324]; Some Authorities on Irish Folk-Lore [325-26].

 

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