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The Girl I Left Behind Me 8 Come all ye handsome, comely maids That live near Carlow dwelling; Beware of young men's flatt'ring tongues When love to you they'ree telling. Beware of the kind words they say Be wise and do not mind them For if they were talking till they die They'd leave you all behind them. In Carlow town I lived, I own, All free from debt and dangers, Till Colonel Reilley listed me To join the Wicklow Rangers. They dressed me up in scarlet red And used me very kindly, But still I thought my heart would break For the girl I left behind me. I was scarcely fourteen years of age When I was broken-hearted For I'm in love these two long years Since from my love I parted. These maidens wonder how I moan And bid me not to mind him That he might have more grief than joy For leaning me behind him. From A treasury of Irish Folklore, Colum RG
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