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The Song Book 299
Ah! didst thou love's soft anguish feel, No sleep thy weary eye would seal! But to the bank thou wouldst repair, Secure to meet thy true love there. In pity to my pangs awake! Unwilling I thy slumbers break; But longer absence would betray I met thee at the dawn of day.
Yet though our parents now may frown,
Some pitying power our vows shall crown;
Be constancy and truth but thine,
While youth, and health, and love are mine:
Then shall our hearts united glow
With all that fondness can bestow;
And love extend his gentle sway,
O'er close of eve and dawn of day.
Words (translated from the original Irish) by Miss Balfour. Tune The Dawning of Day. From Bunting's Music of Ireland.