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Rory O'More Young Rory O'More courted Kathleen Bawn He was bold as a hawk and she soft as the dawn He wished in his heart pretty Kathleen to please And he thought the best way to do that was to tease. "Now Rory be easy," sweet Kathleen would cry Reproof on her lip but a smile in her eye "With your tricks I don't know in troth what I'm about Faith you've teased till I've put on my cloak inside out. "O jewel," says Rory, " that same is the way You've thrated my heart for this many a day And tis plaz'd that I am and why not to be sure For tis all for good luck." says bold Rory O'More. "Indeed then," says Kathleen," don't think of the like For I half gave a promise to soothering Mike The ground that I walk on he loves I'll be bound." "Faith," says Rory," I'd rather love you than the ground." "Now Rory I'II cry if you don't let me go Sure I drcam every night that I'm hating you so" "Oh," says Rory," that same I'm delighted to hear For dhrames always go by contrairies my dear." "O jewel keep dhraming that same till you die And bright morning will give dirty night the black lie And tis plaz'd that I am and why not to be sure Since tis all for good luck," says bold Rory O'More. "Arrah Kathleen my darling you've teased me enough Sure I've thrashed for your sake Dinny Grimes and Jim Duff And I've made myself drinking your health quite a baste So I think after that I may talk to the priest." Then Rory the rogue stole his arm round her neck So soft and so white without freckle or speck And he looked in her eyes that were beaming with light And he kissed her sweet lips don't you think he was right. "Now Rory leave off sir you'll hug me no more That's eight times today and you've kissed me before" "Then here goes another," says he, " to make sure For there's luck in odd numbers." says Rory O'More. From the Grieg-Duncan Folk Song Collection note: An Irish song, collected in Scotland RG
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