Flora, song / Grace Toland, singing in English

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As I roved out one evening in June
To view the green fields and the meadows in bloom
The leaves on the branches they were covered with young
And the wee birds around me so sweetly they sung.

No there is none in this wide world as happy as me
As me and my Flora my Flora and me

I’ll go down to my Flora and this I will say
When will we get married love tell me the day.

But the sweet thing made answer saying the time hasn’t come
Besides for to marry you I’m rather young
I will go off to service and when I return
‘Tis then we'll get married if love carries on.

So according to promise to service she went
To wait on a lady was Flora’s intent
To wait on a lady, a rich lady gay
And she dressed my Flora in costly array.

Then in scarce six months after a letter I sent
A few lines to Flora to hear her intent
But the answer that she gave me that she’d le such a life

That she ne’er could come around to be a poor shepherd's wife.

Ye gates and gate stiles I’ll now bid adieu
My bottle and script I’ll give oe’er to you
My hook crook and whistle I now will resign
since my inconstant Flora has changed her mind.

Were once my two cheeks were as red the rose
And now they’re as pale as the lily that grows
Like the red rose in winter I am withered and done
Do you see what I've come to from courting too young.

Flora, song / Grace Toland, singing in English
ITMA Reference Number:649-NC-V8
Main Performer: Grace Toland
Title:Flora [videorecording] / Grace Toland, singing in English
Subject:Ireland: Singing in English
Corporate Author:Inishowen Traditional Singers' Circle
Recording Location:McFeeley's bar, Clonmany, Co Donegal
Recording Date:December 1999
Collection:Jimmy McBride Collection
Physical Description:1 computer file (MPEG-4, 4 min. 17 sec.) :digital, stereo
Copyright:Performer and Inishowen Traditional Singers' Circle
Roud Number:948

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