From the album The Vow, An Irish Wedding Celebration
4. Give Me Your Hand 3:01
I first heard this song through the work of one of Ireland's most influential composers, Sean O'Riada, and the group he founded, Ceoltoiri Chualann. This version is meant as a tribute to his monumental efforts in restoring pride and recognition in Ireland's native music. It was said that O'Riada tried to build a harp in his lifetime but actually used harpsichord to reproduce as near a sound to the harp as possible.
Rory Dall O'Caghan wrote this song in 1603 after receiving an apology from Lady Eglinton of Scotland with whom he had had a disagreement. Known in the Latin as "Mihi Manum," it was written as a song of forgiveness and reconciliation, though it is often used to refer to a marriage proposal. A favorite of O'Riada's, this song can be found in a great number of Irish collections. This version is from the Bunting collection, who took it down from harper Arthur O'Neill (1734-1818) in about 1800.