Slievenamon, song

John Doherty (Denery), singing in English
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Oh all alone by a wave-washed strand
And alone in a crowded hall
The hall it is gay and the waves they are grand
But my heart is not here at all
It lies far away by night and by day
To the times and joys that are gone
But I never will forget the sweet maiden I met
In the valley near Slievenamon.

It was not the grace of her queenly air
Nor her cheeks like the roses glow
Nor her dark hair nor her long flowing hair
Nor her lily-white brow
It was the soul of truth and of melting ruth
And her smile like the summer dawn
That stole my heart away on that bright summer’s day
Near the valley near Slievenamon.

In the festive hall by a star watched shore
My restless spirit lies
My love oh my love will I ne’er see you more
Or my land will you ever uprise
By night and by day I ever ever pray
As lonely my life flows on
To see our flag unrolled and my love to unfold
In the valley near Slievenamon.