The true lovers' conversation

Henry Campbell
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The true lovers' conversation, song (One pleasant evening as pinks and daisies, closed in their bosom a drop of dew …)

This broadside ballad recounts an overheard conversation between two lovers. The woman questions the man’s fidelity and love. Eventually it is revealed that she fancies another who has wealth and fortune. The man rejects her and she retracts her statements, explaining that she was merely testing his love for her.

In Shamrock, Rose and Thistle, song scholar Hugh Shields suggests that the text originates from an anonymous poet of Magheratimpany, Ballynahinch, Co Down (1981:155). 

Henry Campbell learned this song from a woman named Kay Lynch—a nurse in Branch—who got it out of a songbook.