The Dawning Of The Day (Kenny Family)

As I roved out one morning fair,
to the hills I made my way,
Where hills and valleys was deep with green
and meadows fine and gay;
I was just returning from my work
when carelessly I strayed,
When a maiden fair she passed me by
at the dawning of the day.

Where are you going, my dear, I said,
Where are you going so soon?
I am going a-milking sir, said she,
all in the month of June;
And the pasture where my cattle feeds,
it is so far away,
And I must be there each morning fair
at the dawning of the day.

You will be time enough, my dear, I said,
if the distance is a mile,
For upon those little primrose banks
we will both discourse a while;
Then lay off your freedom, sir, said she,
for I must be on my way,
For the time is come and I must run,
it's the dawning of the day.

We both shook hands and parted
and I skipped o'er the plain,
It was in the space of seven long months
we both met there again;
She seemed to be in trouble
as I passed on my way,
And carelessly I passed her by
at the dawning of the day.

Oh, the tears rolled down her rosy cheeks
and this to me did say,
Young man, I think it's time you should,
you shall make me your bride;
And don't forget the promises
and the vows to me you made,
And don't forget last time we met
at the dawning of the day.

Oh, I said, my handsome fair maid,
it's me you must excuse,
For to join in wedlock bands with you,
my dear, I must refuse;
For I being lately married
to a girl from Moultry Bay,
And with her I have five thousand pounds
at the dawning of the day.

Oh, the tears rolled down her rosy cheeks
and this to me did say,
Young man, you will no character gain
be chance deluding me;
So, folks, here is a warning
to all young maidens gay,
Don't never leave your friends at home
at the dawning of the day.

####.... Author unknown. Variant of an 18th-century British broadside ballad [Laws P16] American Balladry From British Broadsides (G Malcolm Laws, 1957). Also a variant of a 19th-century British broadside ballad, Dawning Of The Day, published by J Pitts (London) sometime between 1819 and 1844, and archived at the Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads, shelfmark: 2806 b.11(56) ....####

This variant sung by the Kenny Family of Kitchuses, NL.


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