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Brewster: Ballads and Songs of Indiana           261
"This is the news, young Reilly, last night I heard of thee;
The lady's oath will hang you, or she will set you free." "If that is true/' said Reilly, "some hope begins to dawn,
For I never can be injured by my dear Coleen Bawn."
"The lady she is sensible and in her tender youth; If Reilly has deluded her, she will declare the truth." Then like a spotless angel before them she did stand;
"You are welcome here," said Reilly, "my dear Coleen Bawn."
Next spoke the noble Fox, who stood attentively by, "Gentlemen of the jury, for justice we reply;2 To hang a man for love is foul murder, you may see; So save the life of Reilly, and banished let him be."
Then spoke the lovely lady, with tears in her eyes, "The fault is not sweet Reilly's; on me alone it lies. I made him leave his home, sir, and go along with me; I love him to distraction, such is my destiny."
The noble lord replied: "We may let the prisoner go; The lady hath quite cleared him, the jury well doth know. She hath released young Reilly; the bill must be withdrawn; Then set at large the lover of the fair Coleen Bawn."
"But stop, my lord, he stole her bright jewels and nice things,
Gold watches and diamond buckles, with many costly rings.
I gave them to my daughter; they cost a thousand pound;
When Reilly was first taken, these things with him were
She said, "My lord, I gave them in token of true love; He never stole my jewels, I swear by all above. If you have got them, Reilly, pray send them home to me." "I will, my generous lady, with many thanks," said he.
"There is a ring amongst them I wish for you to wear; 'T is set with costly diamonds and plaited with my hair. As a token of true friendship, wear it on your right hand; Think of my broken heart, love, when in a foreign land."

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