Ballads & Songs of Southern Michigan-songbook

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158           Ballads and Songs of Michigan
1    As I walked out one morning in June,
To view the fine fields and the meadows in bloom, I spied a wee damsel; she looked like a queen. She had costly fine robes and her mantle so green. She looked like some gaudies that fell from the skies. I stood in amaze, quite struck by surprise. Her eyes shone like di'monds, her cheeks like the rose; She's the fairest of creatures that nature composed.
To the wildwoods I'll wander to shun all men's views,
For the lad I love dearly is in fain Waterloo.
2    I stepped up to her and then I did say, Says I, "My wee lassie, can you fancy me?
I'll dress you in scarlet, you will look like a queen; You'll have costly fine robes and your mantle so green." To this she made answer, "You must me excuse, You are not my own true love, and you must be refused." "Well, since you won't marry, come tell your love's name; I have been in battle, I may know the same."
3    "His name I won't mention, it's plain to be seen; His name is embroidered on my mantle so green," On the raise of her mantle it's there I espied My own name and surname in letters of gold.
It was "William O'Reilly" appeared to my view. "He was my commander in fain Waterloo. When your love was a-dying, I heard his last sigh, *If you was here, lovely Nancy, contented I die.'
4   "Here's your love's token, this gold ring I wear." The longer she viewed it the paler she grew; She flew from my arms with a heart that was true. "Come back, lovely Nancy, it was I won your heart. In your own father's garden before we did part,
In your own father's garden, for we dared not be seen; I held you in my arms with your mantle so green." These couples got married, I heard people say Rich nobles did attend them on their wedding day.

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