The Maid Of Newfoundland (Kenny Family) score

See also: The Maid Of Newfoundland
(Kenneth Peacock)

And also: The Maid Of Newfoundland
(James Murphy)

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Ye muses nine with me combine,
your aid I do invite,
To sing in praise of her I love,
my own, my heart's delight;
To sing in praise of her I love,
your aid I do demand,
She's a maiden I do declare,
and she dwells in Newfoundland.

The wild rose on its native tarn
spreads fragrance o'er the gale,
The modest lily sweetly shines
in every silent vale;
The violet on its liquid bed
do silently expand,
But I know a flow'r exceeds them all
which dwells in Newfoundland.

The daisy decks the sleeping green,
the primrose loves the shade,
The bluebell hangs its drooping head
in many a silent vale;
A modest emblem of herself
that sweet and fragrant band,
I shall repine till thou art mine,
dear Maid of Newfoundland.

The diamond sparkles bright and clear
in many a queenly crown,
The virgin pearl beneath the sea
lies many a fathom down;
The diamond, pearl, and peerless gem
of Africa's sunny strand,
Cannot compare, I do declare,
with the Maid of Newfoundland.

'Twas on the coast of Labrador
where first I saw this maid,
On Battle's cold and stormy shore,
where first my heart had strayed;
If I were rich or powerful,
her hand I would demand,
Oh, I would die without one sigh
for the Maid of Newfoundland.

I've seen the maids of many lands,
on many a foreign shore,
The French, the Greek, the Portuguese,
likewise the swarthy Moor,
Chinese, Maylay, Australian maids,
and the girls of Hindustan,
But for beauty rare, they can't compare
with the Maid of Newfoundland.

Diana was a virgin fair,
beauteous and comely too,
But not one safe, kind sentiment
of woman's worth she knew;
Her heart was cold, she did disdain
sweet Hymen's guiding hand,
Oh, love's Dian', I wish thou wert mine,
my dear Maid of Newfoundland.

I wish that I could speak her name,
but prudence seals my tongue,
It's enough to know she's beautiful,
both handsome, fair, and young;
Her winning smiles and artless wiles
would soon your love command,
Oh, yes, I ween, she's nature's queen,
dear Maid of Newfoundland.

Her beauteous love both day and night
I shall attempt to win,
And I shall pray that she admit
to Cupid's wiles give in;
But should I fail to win her love,
I will seek some foreign strand,
Where I will part with a broken heart
from the Maid of Newfoundland.

####.... Author unknown (see note below). Arranged by the Kenny Family of Kitchuses, NL ....####
A variant was collected in 1961 from Andrew Joseph Nash [1882-1964] of Branch, NL, by Kenneth Peacock and published as The Maid Of Newfoundland in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Vol 2, pp.372-373, by The National Museum Of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.

Another variant was collected in 1951 from Patrick J (Pat) Curtis [1896-1983] of Trepassey, NL, and published in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).

A variant was also collected in 1977 from Mrs Caroline (Carrie) Brennan [1892-1994] of Ship Cove, NL, by Genevieve Lehr and Anita Best and published as #71 in Come And I Will Sing You: A Newfoundland Songbook, pages 123-124, edited by Genevieve Lehr (University of Toronto Press © 1985/2003).

NOTE: Genevieve Lehr wrote that this lovely song seems to have been written sometime late in the eighteenth-century by a Captain Duers or Jewers. It is not certain if he was actually a Newfoundlander or a foreign captain on a visit to Newfoundland. In any case, the man was certainly captivated by the beauty of a young lady who appears to have been a native of Carbonear, NL. It is rather unfortunate that 'prudence held his tongue' or we would know the true identity of this exquisite creature.

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