MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada

Erin's Lovely Shore

Performed by Frank Knox Accession # 78-054 NFLD 2 Tape 20 Track 3
Community: St. Shott's Audio: Yes
Genre: Ballad

Transcription

One morning in June as I rambled by the banks of a clear pearling stream
I lay down on a bank of primroses l quickly fell into a dream
Twas there I beheld a fair damsel her equals I ne'er saw before
As she sighed for the wrongs of her country as she strolled along Erin's green shore

I quickly addressed this fair damsel. My jewel come tell me your name
I know in this place you're a stranger or l would not ask you the same.
She appeared like some girl of fond liberty and green was the mantle she wore
Bound round with the shamrocks and roses as she strolled along Erin's green shore

I know you' re a true son of Grandeur my secrets to you I'll unfold
I'm here in this place but a stranger no pleasures on earth do l know
I'm the daughter of Daniel O'Connell from England I've lately sailed o'er
I 'm here to awaken my brother who slumbers on Erin' s green shore

Here eyes were like two sparkling diamonds or the stars on some cold frosty night
Her cheeks were like two budding roses her eyes like the ivory-
Her cheeks like the ivory white
She resembled a goddess of freedom and green was the mantle she wore
Bound down with the shamrocks and roses as she strolled along Erin's green shore

Transported with joy I awakened and found l was into a dream
This pretty fair damsel had failed me how I longed for the slumber again
May the heavens above be her guardian I know l won' t see her no more
May the sunbeams of glory shine on her as she strolls along Erin's green shore

 

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