The little ragged boy, song

Jimmy Doherty (Caitlin), singing in English
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Lyrics

When I was just a little girl about fourteen years ago
I lived where flowers blossomed through meadows wide and low
Where skies were blue and bending their blossoms blooming free
I met that little ragged boy who went to school with me

His homespun coat was faded and worn with patches covered o’er
His hat was such a hat as that I never saw before
The boys and girls when first they came they shouted in their glee
And they mocked that little ragged boy that went to school with me

His father was a labouring man and mine was highly born
The people looked on me and him with both contempt and scorn
They said I should not speak to him a playmate such as he
That worn little ragged boy who went to school with me

For years I had forgotten him but when again we met
His looks his voice his manly ways were in my memory yet
They saw a man of mirth but I could only see
That bright-eyed little ragged boy that went to school with me

It seems he had remembered me as I remembered him
No time or hour in our lives that cherished past could dim
Young love had turned to old love and now today you see
I wed that little ragged boy that went to school with me