American Old Time Song Lyrics: 32 Erins Green Shore

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One evening, so late, as I rambled
On the banks of a clear purling stream,
I sat myself down on a bed of primroses,
And so gently fell into a dream.
I dreamed I beheld a fair female,
Her equals I never saw before.
As she sighed for the wrongs of her country,
As she strayed along Erin's green shore.

I quickly addressed this fair female,
My jewel, come lull me your name.
For, here, in this country, I know you're a stranger,
Or I would not have asked you the same."
She resembled the Goddess of Liberty,
And of Freedom the mantle she wore.
As she sighed for the wrongs of her country,
As she strayed along Erin's green shore.

"I know you're a true son to Granue,
And my secrets to you I'll unfold;
For here in the midst of all dangers,
Not knowing my friends from my foes,
I'm a daughter of Daniel O'Connell,
And from England I lately came o'er,
I have come to awaken my brethren
That slumber on Erin's green shore."

Her eyes were like two sparkling diamonds.
Or the stars of a cold, frosty night;
Her cheeks were two blooming roses,
And her teeth of the ivory so white;
She resembled the Goddess of Freedom,
And green was the mantle she wore,
Bound round with the shamrock and roses
That grew along Erin's green shore.

In transports of joy I awoke,
And found I had been in a dream;
For this beautiful damsel had fled me,
And I longed to slumber again.
May the heavens above be her guardian.
For I know I shall see her no more;
May the sunbeams of glory shine o'er her,
As she strays along Erin's green shore.
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