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Lovely Nancy As I rode out some fine summer evening To view the stars and to take the air It was there I spied a far lovely damsel And for her beauty I did adore I stood awhile and I gazed around her, I thought I knew her quite well before. It was my true and my faithful Nancy That I left behind on my native shore. I stepped up to her and I asked her where she was going So far from her own sweet native home, "I am in search of my true lover. For it's many a day since he has gone from me. " I asked her how long since her love had left her, She answered," Three long years or more, And not one moment have I ever been happy Since the lad I love has been gone from me." He was both proper, tall and handsome, As ever a mortal eye could see, His comely looks and his lovely features, His coal black eyes have bewitched me. He put his hand into his bosom, His fingers they being both long and small [slim], "Here is a ring that we broke between us," Soon as she saw it was down she fell. He picked her up into his arrums, He gave her kisses one, two, three, And every kiss he gave this lovely maiden, " Oh you lovely maid won't you marry me. " "Many a time I might have been married, For many a young man came a-courting me, But none of them could I ever fancy Since the one I loved was so far from me. "And many a time I have crossed the ocean All with a sweet and a pleasant gale, But now I mean for to drop my anchor And to dwell with you on me own native shore. " DT #746 Laws N33 From Creighton and Senior SOF apr97
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