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Thread #8569   Message #865297
Posted By: ciarili
12-Jan-03 - 02:06 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: The Flower of Sweet Strabane
This is Maighread Ní Dhomhnaill's version:

Flower of Sweet Strabane

If I was King of Ireland, with all things at my will
I'd roam for recreation, new comforts to find still
But the comfort I would like the best, as you will understand
Would be to gain that lovely maid, the Flower of Sweet Strabane

Her cheeks were like the roses red, her hair of lovely brown
And o'er her milk-white shoulders in ringlets hanging down
She is one of the fairest creature of the whole Milesian clan
Sure my heart is fairly captured by the Flower of Sweet Strabane

I've often been in Phoenix Park, and in Killarney fair
Likewise in bonnie Scotland, and the winding banks of Ayr
But yet, in all my travels, I never met with one
That I could compare with Martha, the Flower of Sweet Strabane

I wish I had my darling way down in Inishowen
Or in some lonesome valley in the wild woods of Tír Eoghain
I would do my best endeavour, I would work my newest plan
For to gain you, lovely Martha, the Flower of Sweet Strabane

But since I cannot win you, love, no joy there is for me
And I will seek forgetfulness in that land across the sea
Unless you chance to follow me, I'll swear by my right hand
MacDonald's face you never will see, fair Flower of Sweet Strabane

Farewell to bonnie Lifford and to Mourne's sweet waterside
I'm sailing for America whatever may betide
Our ship is bound for Liverpool, straight by the Isle of Man
So, farewell my dearest Martha, the Flower of Sweet Strabane