MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
Virgin Mary's Banks
Leonard Molloy NFLD 2 Tape 17A Track 6
St. Shott's Audio:
Ballad

The evening star rose beauteous above the fading day
As to the lone and silent beach the Blessed Virgin came to pray
And hills and vales shone brightfully on them moonlight mellow fall
But the banks of green where Mary knelt was the brightest of them all.

Slow moving o'er the waters, a gallant barque appeared
And ther joyous crew looked from the deck as to the land she neared
To the calm and sheltered headland, she floated like a swan
And her wings of snow, in the waves below, in pride and beauty shone.

Our master saw that lady, as he stood upon the prow
He marked the whiteness of her robes and the readiness [sic] of her brow
Her arms were folded gracefully upon her stainless breast
And her eyes looked up amongst the stars to him her soul addressed.

He showed her to his sailors and they hailed her with a cheer
As on that kneeling virgin they gazed with a laugh and a cheer
And madly swore a form so fair they never saw before
And they cursed that faint and limpid breeze, which kept them from the shore.

The ocean from it's bosom shook off the moonlight serene
As up it's wrothful billows rose to indicate the green
A cloud came o'er the headlands and a darkness o'er the land
And that scoffing crew beheld no more that lady on the strand.

Out burst the pealing thunder and the lightning leaped about
And rushing with its watery waves the tempest gave a shout
That vessel from a mountaining wave came down wit a thundering shock
And her timbers flew like the scattering spray that day on Sydney rock.

On a dark and a purple morning shone out on high Dunmore (?)
Full many a mangled corpse was seen that day on Sydney’s shore
And _______________ fishermen shows where those scoffers sank
But still they call the hill all green the Virgin Mary’s Bank.


Notes

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