The Pride Of The Shamrock Shore (Peacock)

A bold undaunted hero
down by a shady grove did stray,
'Twas there he spied a squire
conversing with a lady gay.
He being neat, tall, and handsome,
and costly robes the lady wore,
She appeared to be my true love, Mary,
the pride of the Shamrock Shore.

I boldly stepped up to her
and this to her I then did say;
"I think I'm quite forgotten
since I have been so long away,
But if you will prove constant
and try to change your love once more
I vow I never would be parted from Mary,
the pride of the Shamrock Shore."

"Young man, oh stop your fretting,
for really I don't know what you mean,
For the squire is my true love
and I am his precious queen;
But once I had a sweetheart
and now, alas, he is no more,
Young man do not insult us," said Mary,
the pride of the Shamrock Shore.

The squire raged with anger saying,
"I have powder if your skill you'll try.
A brace of loaded pistols I carry
on the lonesome way,
And if you say you love her
it's instantly you are no more,
So let us fight for true love and Mary,
the pride of the Shamrock Shore."

'Twas then the battle did commence
and tears from Mary's eyes did flow.
Young Henry being so valiant
the squire he fell with a dreadful blow.
"Twas with the squire's weapon
young Mary fired undauntedly;
She fired and killed her true love,
so mortally she gave the wound.

'Twas by one private token
that instantly her love she knew,
She kissed his lips quite cold
and over the plain distracted flew.
And there she lies in dark dungeon,
young Mary lies forevermore,
With prison walls around her lies Mary,
the pride of the Shamrock Shore.

####.... Author unknown. Variant of an early 19th-century broadside ballad, Mary, The Pride Of The Shamrock Shore, published by J Catnach (London) sometime between 1813 and 1838, and archived at the Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads, shelfmark: Harding B 11(699) ....####

Collected by Kenneth Peacock in 1961 from Peter R Ryan [1908-1978] of Aquaforte, NL, and published in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Volume 2, pp.630-631, by the National Museum of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.


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