The Bonny Young Irish Boy (Greenleaf/Mansfield)

See also: My Bonny Irish Boy (MacEdward Leach)

And also: My Bonny Irish Boy (Kenneth Peacock)

O, first I came a-courted
by a bonny young Irish b'y,
He called me all of his jewels,
his sweetheart, pride and j'y;
'twas in fair Dublin city,
a place so old and fair,
Where first I came a-courted
by a bonny young Irish b'y.

His cheeks was of the roses
and his hair was of the brown,
And hung in ringlets heavy
to his shoulders hanging down;
His teeth was of an ivory white,
his eyes was black as sloes,
He'd charm the heart of any fair girl,
no matter where he goes.

Long time I keeped him company
and hoped to be his bride,
But now he is gone and leaved me
across the ocean wide;
Sure I'm afraid some other fair maid
my true love will enj'y,
While I'm left here lamenting
my bonny young Irish b'y.

So I'll pack all my clothing
and in search of him I'll go,
I'll cross the wide, wide ocean
through stormy winds and snow;
And never shall I marry
until the day I die,
So I'll die broken-hearted
for my bonny young Irish b'y.

O, comrades, I am dying!
There's one more word I'll say,
Take my bones to Ireland
and bury them in the clay;
And write upon my tombstone
to children passing by,
That I died broken-hearted
for my bonny young Irish b'y.

####.... Author unknown. Variant of a British broadside ballad [Laws P26] American Balladry From British Broadsides (G Malcolm Laws, 1957) ....####
Sung in 1929 by Clifford Toms [1905-1980] of La Scie, NL, and published as #95 on p.192, in Ballads And Sea Songs Of Newfoundland, by Elisabeth Bristol Greenleaf and Grace Yarrow Mansfield (Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA, 1933; Folklore Associates, Hatboro, PA, 1968).

A variant was sung in 1950 by Martin Curran [1866-1954] of Calvert, NL, and published as My Bonny Irish Boy in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada, ©2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).

Two variants were also collected by Kenneth Peacock and published as My Bonny Irish Boy in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Vol 2, pp.560-563, by The National Museum Of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.


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