It Was A’ For Our Rightful King. (Trad)

  • It was a’ for our rightful king
  • That we left fair Scotland’s strand;
  • It was a’ for our rightful king
  • We e’er saw Irish land, my dear,
  • We e’er saw Irish land.
  • Now a’ is done that men can do,
  • And a’ is done in vain!
  • My love, and native land, fareweel!
  • For I maun cross the main, My dear,
  • For I maun cross the main.
  • He turn’d him right and round about,
  • Upon the Irish shore,
  • He gave his bridle-reins a shake,
  • With, Adieu for evermore, My dear!
  • And adieu for evermore!
  • The soldier frae the war returns,
  • And the merchant frae the main.
  • But I hae parted frae my love,
  • Never to meet again, My dear,
  • Never to meet again.
  • When day is gone and night is come,
  • And a’ folk bound to sleep,
  • I think on him that’s far awa
  • The lee-lang night, and weep, My dear,
  • The lee-lang night, and weep.

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