Captain John McGuire (MacEdward Leach)

Ye lovers all, both great and small,
With a solid good intention;
Come listen to those words of love,
That I am going to mention.

It's of a lady from Loch Erin's shore,
In search of her true lover;
From Dublin town of high renown,
To England she sailed over.

When first to me she did appear,
"Kind sir, keep me from danger;
I'm here alone, far from my home,
A poor forlorn stranger."

Then I said, "My dearest dear,
Why do you think on danger?
Tell me your name, from whence you came,
Or how came you a stranger."

"My father he had banished me,
And acted very cruel;
Which causes me to cross the sea,
In search of my dear jewel."

"So, stay with me, my dearest dear,
And I'll keep you from danger;
We will join our hands in wedlock bands,
Relying no more on strangers."

"Kind sir, your offer is very good,
But I can't love no other;
I forsake my friends and relations all,
My father and my mother.

I'll search the East, likewise the West,
From North to South I'll venture;
Until I find out young John McGuire,
He'll be my safe protector."

"Your love has embarked and gone on board,
For to face the foe in battle;
It's ten-to-one if he ain't gone,
Where cannons loud do rattle."

It's to the colonel she did go,
Saying, "I have money plenty;
I came to purchase John McGuire,
And here are guineas twenty."

"Oh, fair lady, that can't be,
Without the Queen's permission."
Five hundred pounds she counted down,
And bought for him his commission.

Now, this lady gay she seemed well pleased,
She gained her heart's desire;
Oh, she loved his fame, likewise his name,
He's Captain John McGuire.

And now, to conclude and make an end,
He is a gallant soldier;
With sword and sash and scarlet coat,
And epaulets on his shoulder.

####.... Author unknown ....####

Sung in 1951 by Mrs James W (Esther) O'Driscoll [b.1890] of Tors Cove, NL, and published in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).


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