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Now the winter is past,
And the summer comes at last,
And the birds sing on every tree,
The hearts of those are glad,
Whilst I am very sad,
Since my true love is absent from me.

My father he is great,
With a plentiful estate,
He has robb'd me of him I adore;
How cou'd he so cruel be,
To force my love from me,
And I fear I shall see him no more.

I'll put on a coat of black,
And a fringe about my neck,
My rings on my fingers I'll wear;
Straightway I will repair
To the Corough of Kildare,
And tis there of my love I shall hear.

A livery I shall wear,
And I'll comb back my hair,
I will dress in my velvet so green;
And this I'll undertake,
For my true lover's sake,
He rides on the Corough of Kildare(1).

With patience I did wait,
Till he ran for the plate(1),
Thinking young Jopson(2) to see;
But fortune prov'd unkind,
He has alter'd his mind,
And he's gone from the lowlands from me.

I would not think it strange,
The wide world for to range,
So I could but obtain my delight;
So here in Cupid's chain
I'm obliged to remain,
And in tears I will spend the night.

My love is like the sun,
In the firmament doth run,
That always proves constant and true;
But yours is like the moon,
That goes wandering up and down,
And every month is new.

Farewell my joy and heart,
Since you and I must part,
You're the fairest that ever I did see;
I never did design
To alter my mind,
Altho' you're below my degree.

1. The races on the plain of Kildare were a great gathering-place for people fro
all over Ireland.

2. The similarity to the broadside "The Lamenting Maid" suggests this should be
>From a broadside in the Madden Collection, now in the University Library in Cam
bridge; reprinted in "Later English Broadside Ballads", ed. Holloway & Black, 19
75. Believed to be eighteenth or early nineteenth century because, although und
ated, it does not show the font and style changes which were typical of the earl
y nineteenth century printing of broadsides. DAD
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