Freshwater Bay (Dan Carroll)

I have roamed o'er the red rocks on many's a day,
In the snows of December and the fragrance of May,
In the morn's early beams, in the twilight, an' when
The brightness of moonlight enchanted each glen.

To meet with my Annie who lived with her grannie,
And sighed for her Danny in Freshwater Bay,
Where the pathway winds gently along by the sea,
Like a nymph of the blue wave she's waiting for me;
There she welcomes my coming with purest delight,
And delays our fond parting on Ennis' Height.

####.... Dan Carroll [1865-1941] ....####
Published in Burke's Ballads, p.62, c.1960, compiled by John White and archived at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Libraries, Centre For Newfoundland Studies - Digitized Books collection.

Miscellaneous Notes:
Freshwater Bay is an abandoned fishing settlement located on Freshwater Bay, an inlet of St John's Bay, southeast of St John's Harbour. Called Frinouse or Frinquise on early French maps, it is likely that European fishermen were operating from there in the 1500s. The first record of a permanent settlement is the 1857 Census, which shows eleven households and sixty-five people engaged in the fishery and domestic agriculture with 13 acres under cultivation and some livestock being kept. 1935 is the last year the community appears in the Census: nine people lived there then, the rest probably having moved into St John's in search of wage labour as the shore fishery declined. Some families continued to maintain summer homes there throughout the early Twentieth Century, and it became a popular spot for residents of St John's to have picnics and outings.


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