Oxford City, song

Mary Anne Canny, singing in English
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In Oxford City there dwells a fair maid
A pretty jewel as you shall hear
She had been courted by a handsome young man
Who oft times told her he loved her dear.

He loved her dearly but at a distance
He didn’t seem to be so fond
He oft times told her he loved her dearly
Whilst out walking on a lonely strand.

Unto a dance hall she was invited
Unto a dance hall as you may know
This wicked young man soon followed after
To prove his true love’s overthrow.

As she was dancing on with another
Cruel jealousy soon filled his mind
And to destroy his own true lover
This wicked young man got well inclined.

He then went off and prepared a poison
He mixed it up with a glass of wine
He gave it to his own true lover
Who drank it all with a willing smile.

She hadn’t long to liquor taken
When take me home dear love she cried
That glass of wine which you lately gave me
Has made me feel very ill indeed.

As they both strolled home together
These were the words he did say
Into your liquor I put a poison
To take your precious young life away.

Some of the same I drank my jewel
I drank my jewel as well as thee
In each other’s arms they died together
So young men be aware of cruel jealousy.