Erin's Lovely Home

Melody -

Young men that have your liberty,
I pray you now draw near,
A sad and dismal story
I mean to let you hear,
While in a foreign counterie
I now must sigh and moan
When I think upon the days I spent
In Erin's lovely home.

2. When I was young and in my prime,
My age was twenty-one,
I then became a servant
To a noble gentleman,
I served him, too, in honesty,
And very well 'tis known,
Till with cruelty he banished me
From Erin's lovely home.

3. The reason that he banished me
I mean to let you know
'Tis true I loved his daughter,
And she love me also;
She had a princely fortune,
Of riches I had none,
So that is why he banished me
From Erin's lovely home.

4. 'Twas in her father's garden,
All in the month of June,
When everything was pleasant,
And flowers all in bloom,
She said "My dearest Willie,
If along with me you'll roam,
You need not fret for those you left
In Erin's lovely home.

5. That very day I gave consent,
That proved my overthrow,
Far from her father's dwelling
Along with her did go;
The night was bright with the moonlight
As we set out alone,
We thought we had got safe away
From Erin's lovely home.

6. When we arrived at Belfast town
All by the break of day,
She said, "Prepare, my jewel,
Our passage for to pay";
Five hundred pounds she counted down,
Saying, "that will be your own
So never fret for those you left
In Erin's lovely home."

7. Now to my great misfortune,
I mean to let you hear,
It was in three days after
That her father did appear,
He brought me back to Omagh Jail,
In the County of Tyrone,
From that I was transported
From Erin's lovely home.

8. When I received my sentence,
It grieved my heart full sore,
The parting from my own true love
It grieved me ten times more,
There are seven links upon my chain,
And every link a year,
Before I can return again
To the arms of my dear.

9. When the coach it came to the jailyard
To take us all away,
My true love she came up to me,
And thus to me did say,
"Cheer up my dearest Willie,
For you I'll not disown,
Until you do return again
To Erin's lovely home."


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