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GUEST,Donal Lyr Req: My Buachaill Roe (7) RE: Lyr Req: My Buachaill Roe 02 Mar 11

I was trawling through the Bodelian ballads looking for something else when I came across this version of 'Buachaill Roe', I think it's different enough to post.

Come all you pretty fair maids,
give ear now and join with me,
All in a conversation,
concerning my love's destiny,
A lad whom I loved dearly,
from my arms he was forced to go,
I never can forget him,
he is my charming young Bochal Row.

He was a youth undaunted,
his age was twenty-three,
Search this Irish nation,
my love's equal you could not see,
With his two black eyes and rosy cheeks
his skin as white as snow,
I own I love him dearly,
he is my charming young Bochal Row.

If I had the skill of Homer,
or the minister to be my friend,
I'd sit and write a letter,
to old England I would it send,
In hopes the Queen would pardon him,
to heal all my grief and woe,
And restore him to my arms,
he is my charming young Bochal Row.

He was a youth undaunted,
of courage and of noble blood,
Against the foes of Erin,
in battle he has often stood.
He never yet retreated,
though his wounds were deep and sore,
He is a credit to old Erin,
he is my charming young Bochal Row.

Lough Erne is overclouded,
and surrounded with mist and rain,
And so is Enniskillen,
where my darling he did once remain,
The gentle thrush forsook the groves,
the blackbirds will sing no more,
With a voice of consolation,
bewailing my Bochal Row.

Could I set forth great praises,
with honour to her Majesty,
She granted me my darling,
and from bondage set him free,
So now I'll build a castle,
on the banks of Lough Erne shore,
And plant the walks with laurel
for my charming young Bochal Row.

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