As I Roved Out (on a Bright May Morning)
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As I roved out on a bright May morning,
To view the meadows and the flowers gay,
Whom should I spy but my own true lover,
As she sat under yon willow tree.
I took off my hat and I did salute her,
I did salute her courageously,
When she turned around and the tears fell from her,
Saying: "False young man, you have deluded me."
"A diamond ring I own I gave you,
A diamond ring to wear on your right hand,
But the vows you made, love, you went and broke them,
And married the lassie that had the land."
"If I married the lassie that had the land, my love,
It's that I'll rue until the day I die,
When misfortune falls sure no man can shun it,
I was blindfolded I'll ne'er deny."
Now at night when I go to my bed of slumber,
The thoughts of my true love run in my mind,
When I turn around to embrace my darling,
Instead of gold, sure it's brass I find.
I wish the Queen would call home her army,
From the West Indies, Americay and Spain,
And every man to his wedded woman,
In hopes that you and I will meet again.