Oxford City (MacEdward Leach)
(Wexford Girl)

In Wexford city there lived a lady,
The truth to you I make known;
It was by her own servant and he was courting,
And he ofttimes told her that he loved her so.

He says, "My dear come and let us marry,
Come and let us marry my true love," said he;
"For I'm afraid, oh, that you will slight me,
Go with some other your fancy be."

She says, "My dear I'm too young to marry,
Too young to be your own marriage belle;
For when you're married you're bound forever,
All trials and sorrows you must apprehend."

A short time after this pretty fair one
Was invited out to a ball you know;
This jealous young man soon followed after,
And there prepared for her overthrow.

As she was dancing all with another,
Those jealous thoughts came in his mind;
For to take the life of his own true lover,
This jealous young man was well inclined.

A glass of liquor he then got ready,
And mixed it up in a glass of wine;
He gave it to his own true loved one,
Who drank it off in his health so fine.

Soon as she drank it soon then she felt it,
"Oh, carry me home my true love," said she;
"For that glass of liquor which you just gave me
Makes me as ill as ill can be."

As they were walking along together,
Those jealous words unto her did say:
"It was in your liquor I put strong poison,
To take your innocent sweet life away.

"I drank the same, oh, my dearest loved one,
Sure I must die, love, as well as thee."
In each other's arms they died together,
Young men beware of court jealousy.

####.... Author unknown. Variant of a British broadside ballad [Laws P30] American Balladry From British Broadsides, p.263 (G Malcolm Laws, 1957) ....####

Sung in 1950 by Gerald Aylward [1917-1987] of Cape Broyle, NL, and published as Wexford Girl in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).


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