MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada

The Maid of Newfoundland

Pat Curtis NFLD 2 Tape 9A Track 8
Trepassey Audio:

LEACH: Okay; Ready?
CURTIS: (sings)

Ye muses mine-
Ye muse nine wit' me

(Speaks): I'm sorry; I’m out there a bit now

Ye muses mine wit’ me combine your aid l do invite
To sing the praises of her l love my own sweet heart's delight
To sing the praises of her l love your aid l do demand
She's a maiden fair l do declare and she dwells in Newfoundland

The wild rose on its native thorns such fresh fragrance only gave
The modest lily sweetly shines in every silent
The violet on it's liquid bed do silently expand
But l know a flower that exceeds them all that dwells in Newfoundland

The daisy takes the sleeping green(?) the primrose loves the shade
The bluebell hangs its drooping head in many a silent glade
The modest ________________ of that sweet and fragrant band
I shall repine till thou art mine dear maid of Newfoundland

The diamond sparks bright and clear in many a queenly crown
The virgin pearl beneath the sea lies many a fathom down
The diamond pearl and ________ of Africa's sunny strand
Cannot compare l do declare with the maid of Newfoundland

Twas on the coast of Labrador where first l saw this maid
On Batteau's cold and stormy shore where first my heart had strayed
Oh were l rich or powerful her hand l would demand
Oh l would die without one sigh for the maid of Newfoundland

l've seen the maids of many's the land and many a foreign shore
The French the Greeks the Portugee likewise the swarthy moors
Chinee, Malay, Australian maids and the girls of Hindustan
But for beauty rare they can’t compare wit' the maid of Newfoundland

Diana was a virgin fair beauteous and comely too
But not one kind sentiment of women’s word she knew
Her heart was cold she did disdain sweet human's guiding hand
Oh love l wish though were mine dear maid of Newfoundland

l would wish to speak her name but prudence seized my tongue
It's enough to know she's beautiful both handsome fair and young
Her winning smiles and artless wiles would soon your love command
Oh yes l _______ she's nature’s queen the maid of Newfoundland


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