Nightingale Laurels (MacEdward Leach)

See also Green Grows The Laurel (Kenneth Peacock)

Once I had a true love but now she is gone,
She's gone and she left me, I'm here all alone;
But since she is gone, contented I'll be,
For I know she loves someone far better than me.

Green grow the laurels and soft falls the dew,
Sad was my heart when I parted from you;
But in our next meeting I'll have you to know,
Young girls are deceitful where ever you go.

I pass my love's windows both early and late,
And the looks that she gave me
t'would make your heart ache;
The looks that she gave me
sixteen thousand would kill,
For I know I'm the only one that she do love still.

I wrote her a love letter with red rosy lines,
She wrote me back another all tangled like twine;
Saying, "You keep your love letters
and I will keep mine,
You write to your love and I'll write to mine.

"Once I was as fair as a red flashing rose,
Now I'm as pale as the lily that grows;
Like a flower in the garden all covered with dew,
Don't you see what I've come to
for the loving of you?"

####.... Author unknown. Variant of a popular 17th-century Scottish traditional ....####

Sung in 1950 by Mike Kent [1904-1997] of Cape Broyle, 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 collected in 1959 by Kenneth Peacock from Mrs Clara Sophia Stevens [1916-1978] of Bellburns, NL, and published as Green Grows The Laurel in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Vol 2, p.454, by the National Museum of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.

A variant in which the singer is a man was published in 1935 in the novel Little House On The Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder.


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