Plains Of Waterloo (MacEdward Leach)

See also: The Plains Of Waterloo (I)
(Kenneth Peacock)

As I roved out for my recreation,
Down by Napoleon's Plains
where I carelessly did stray;
'Twas there I beheld
a most beautiful damsel,
I stayed there in ambush
to hear what she would say.

'Twas those sweet songs which
caused the valleys for to ring,
The gay gallant songsters
around me they flew,
Saying, "The wars are all over
and peace is proclaimed,"
"But my Willie is not returned
from the Plains of Waterloo."

"If this William Smith is
the name of your true love,
'Twas long with him
I spent many a campaign;
Through Portugee together and then
France where we marched,
He was my loyal comrade
as we marched through Spain.

"Till at length those French soldiers
they did so surround us,
Like brave English heroes
we did them subdue;
We fought them for three days,
till at last we were defeated,
By brave Napoleon Bonaparte
on the Plains of Waterloo.

"On the eighteenth of June
we ended our battle,
Caused many a gallant hero
that day for to complain;
Where the drums they did beat
and the cannons did rattle,
'Twas by a French soldier
your true love was slain.

"And as I passed by him
I saw he was bleeding,
I scarcely had time for
to bid him adieu;
With faltering voice these words
I heard him saying,
'You are far away, lovely Sally,
from the Plains of Waterloo.'"

When she heard him say those words,
Her eyes they grew dim
and her color was changing;
Her red rosy cheeks
they soon grew pale and then,
I was sad for to see her
in that sad situation;
He boldly advanced and said,
"I am the man.

"And here is the gold ring
between us was broken,
In the midst of all danger
reminds me of you."
'Twas soon she saw the token
she flew to his arms,
Saying, "You're welcome home, Willie,
from the Plains of Waterloo."

####.... Variant of a British broadside ballad [Laws N32] American Balladry From British Broadsides (G Malcolm Laws, 1957) ....####
This variant collected by MacEdward Leach and published in Folk Ballads And Songs Of The Lower Labrador Coast by The National Museum of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.

In 1951, MacEdward Leach collected a similar variant from Tom Pennell [1912-?] of Trepassey, NL, which was published as Waterloo II 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 1951 by Kenneth Peacock from Michael Matthews [1883-1959] of Duntura, NL, and published as The Plains Of Waterloo (I) in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Vol 3, pp.1014-1015, by the National Museum of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.


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