Lovely Nancy (MacEdward Leach)

As I roved out one evening
in the lovely month of June,
A-viewing of those pretty flowers
all in their youthful bloom,
'Twas there I spied lovely Nancy,
that girl I do adore,
She was my joy and fancy
no man could love her more.

Oh, Nancy, lovely Nancy,
and won' t you marry me?
I got no stores of riches
but I got love for thee;
There's richer men than what I am
but I do love you so,
If I had gold in mountains
it would be yours you know.

To marry you, kind sir, she says,
it's a thing I cannot say,
For I do believe in time
your love will soon decay;
When she got her own free will
'twas plain for to be seen,
How can I mourn for Nancy,
oh, wear the willow's green?

In the space of three weeks after
this fair girl changed her mind,
She wrote to me a letter,
hoping I would prove kind;
Saying, I am sorry for what I said,
I pray, love, you'll forgive,
We'll join our hands in wedlock's bands,
in hand and heart we'll live.

l wrote her back an answer
all in a scornful way,
Saying, Nancy, lovely Nancy,
don't you think no more on me;
I got another more suitable,
she's willin' to take your place,
I let you know I can sing and dance
if I never saw your face.

Come all ye pretty fair young girls,
a warning take by me,
Don't ever slight your first true love
all for his poverty;
For gold and silver it's a curse,
all riches will decay,
But the kindness of a fond true love
will never fade away.

####.... Author unknown. Traditional romantic ballad ....####

Collected in 1951 from James M (Jim) Molloy [1880-?] of St Shott's, NL, and published in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).


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