There is a fantastic text where I found the following lyrics which are narrated by the witches. After O'Rourke sings the opening "This lovely coast..." (see previous blog) The witches enter and sing these lyrics mostly with a drone accompaniment but also some fanfare. The lyrics are taken unedited from the Franciscan writings mentioned previously. Amazing words, fantastic read. Link --> Memories of the Irish Franciscans
(The Lovers Love)
On Sligo's black and barren coast
The Spaniard struck at dead of night,
The rollers crashed upon his ships.
Whilst glittered through the foul eclipse
The beach-foam, ravenous and white.
Mast followed mast, rope, sail, and spar
By the gigantic storm were rent ;
The cries of drowning mariners
Clamored unto the firmament.
So fared the great Armada — Philip's pride.
For whose triumphal march the world seemed not too wide !