Dobbin's Flowery Vale

Melody -

One morning fair as Phoebus bright
Her radiant smiles displayed
When Flora in her verdant garb,
The fragrant plains arrayed,
As I did rove throughout each grove,
No care did me assail
When a pair I spied by a riverside,
In Dobbin's Flowery Vale.

2. As I sat down them to behold,
Beneath a spreading tree,
The limpid streams that gently rolled
Conveyed these words to me;
Farewell sweet maid, the youth he said
For now I must set sail,
I'll bid adieu to Armagh, you,
And Dobbin's Flowery Vale.

3. Forbear those thoughts and cruel words
That wound a bleeding heart
For is it true that we're met here
Alas! so soon to part?
Must I alone here sigh and moan,
To none my grief reveal
But here lament my cause to vent,
In Dobbin's Flowery Vale?

4. There's many a youth has left his home,
To steer for freedom's shore,
Been laid beneath the silent tomb,
Where the foaming billows roar;
Take my advice, do not forsake
Or leave me to bewail,
But still remain with your fond dame,
In Dobbin's Flowery Vale.

5. Unwilling I am to part with you,
No longer can I stay,
For love and freedom cries "pursue"
Those words I must obey;
In foreign Isles where freedom smiles
Or by the earth concealed,
I will come home no more to roam,
From Dobbin's Flowery Vale.

6. It's when you reach Columbia's shore
Some pretty maids you'll see,
You'll ne'er think on the loving vow,
That you have made to me;
May hope content life's ending pain!
My thoughts would oft prevail,
Of seeing no more the youth I adore
In Dobbin's Flowery Vale.

7. Do not reflect that you're alone,
Nor yet am I untrue,
If e'er I chance now for to roam,
My thoughts will be on you;
There's not a flower in shady bower,
On verdant hill or dale,
But will remind me of the maid behind
In Dobbin's Flowery Vale.

8. It's mutual love together drew
Both with a kind embrace,
While tears like rosy drops of dew,
Did trickle down her face;
She strove in vain him to detain,
But while she did bewail,
He bade adieu, and I withdrew
From Dobbin's Flowery Vale.


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