MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
Molly Agnew
Mary Dunphy NFLD 2 Tape 1 Track 7
Tors Cove Audio:
Song

On a morning
Whilst the dewdrops besprinkled each meadow so gay
I spied a fair maiden as she was a-walking
I drew myself nearer for to hear her sad woe

Her hair by the breezes so gently was waving
Her silks and gold tresses in ringlets hung down
She appeared like some goddess alone as she wandered
And her dress... and her dress was ______ but a plain russet brown

I stepped up unto her and said lovely fair one
Why do you roam on those deserts so wild
Come tell me your name and your sad situation
And I’ll shelter you this night from the desert's cold wind

Oh she said kind sir I got no situation
But roaming those deserts in aspect to view
I’m a plain country girl of a low situation
I go by the name of young Molly Agnew

My father one time was possessed of a fortune
Together we lived till the year '69
Until freedom did honour the sons of our nation
And for ___________T_______ we were forced for to join

Oh now they are gone and our land is prosecuted
For lack of employment those deserts for to roam
I’m a maiden all alone l am near broken hearted
______________________________________

I stepped up unto her and said lovely fair one
Will you consent for to be my fond wife?
And never again will you bear prosecution
And we'll both go and live on the banks of the Clyde

With modest behaviour she quickly consented
And back to Nova Scotia with her l did go
It was in Philadelphia they joined us together
And l folded in my arms young Molly Agnew

l stepped up unto her and said lovely rare one
Will you consent or to be my _____________
And never again will you bear prosecution
And we'll both go and live on the banks of the Clyde

With modest behaviour she quickly consented
And back to Nova Scotia with her l did go
It was in Philadelphia they joined us together
And l rolled in my arms young Molly Agnew


Notes


Text: The singer spies Molly Agnew, a beautiful maiden walking in a meadow.   He offers her his hand in marriage after hearing that her father, once a wealthy man, is now poor.   She accepts and they move back to Nova Scotia.

Tune: Begins with noise interference.   A four line stanza with an ABAC form and a major tonality.

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