The Maid Of Newfoundland (Kenneth Peacock)

See also: The Maid Of Newfoundland (Kenny Family)

And also: The Maid Of Newfoundland (James Murphy)

Ye muses nine with me combine,
Help me both day and night
To sing the praise of her I love,
My joy and heart's delight,
To sing the praise of her I love
Your aid I do demand.
She's a lady fair I do declare,
She dwells in Newfoundland.

Diana is this virgin's name,
Most modest, bright, and pure,
And not one word of sentiment
Nor woman's love she knew.
Her winning smile and artless guile,
It did my heart command,
Oh, the falling shade of that fair maid,
Sweet maid of Newfoundland.

It was on the coast of Labrador
Where first I saw that maid,
"Twas down on Batteau's stormy shore
My heart one evening strayed.
If I were rich or powerful,
It's her I would demand,
For I could die without a sigh
For the maid of Newfoundland.

The daisy dotes, the bluebell sleeps,
The primrose loves the green,
The violet in its gentle bed,
Most glorious to be seen,
Will rock you in its graceful bowers
Its sweet charms to expand,
But I know a flower can shade them all,
The sweet maid of Newfoundland.

Now I've often seen maids of many shades,
And girls of many a shore,
The French, the Greek, the Portuguese,
Likewise the swarthy Moor,
Chinese, Maylays, Australian maids,
And girls from India's strand,
But a lighter shade I ne'er saw made
Than her of Newfoundland.

Her name I will not mention twice
For prudence stops my tongue,
She's modest, mild, and beautiful,
She's charming, fair, and young;
Her breath is like the harvest flowers,
Her voice by breezes fanned,
And the musk that flowers in summer hours,
Sweet maid of Newfoundland.

Sweet friends so young come help my tongue
And pray to God above
That I may strive both night and day
This fair maid's heart to move.
And if I fail I will away
To some far distant land,
From this world I'll part with a broken heart
For the maid of Newfoundland.

####.... Author unknown (see note below) ....####
Collected in 1961 by Kenneth Peacock from Andrew Joseph Nash [1882-1964] of Branch, NL, and published in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Vol 2, pp.372-373, by The National Museum Of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.

A variant was recorded as The Maid Of Newfoundland by the Kenny Family of Kitchuses, NL.

Another variant was collected in 1951 from Patrick J (Pat) Curtis [1896-1983] of Trepassey, 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 also collected in 1977 from Mrs Caroline (Carrie) Brennan [1892-1994] of Ship Cove, NL, by Genevieve Lehr and Anita Best and published as #71 in Come And I Will Sing You: A Newfoundland Songbook, pp.123-124, edited by Genevieve Lehr (University of Toronto Press © 1985/2003).

Genevieve Lehr noted that this lovely song seems to have been written sometime late in the 18th-century by a Captain Duers or Jewers. It is not certain if he was actually a Newfoundlander or a foreign captain on a visit to Newfoundland. In any case, the man was certainly captivated by the beauty of a young lady who appears to have been a native of Carbonear, NL. It is rather unfortunate that 'prudence held his tongue' or we would know the true identity of this exquisite creature.


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