#01246
Jealous Lover (MacEdward Leach)
See also: Sweet Florella (Kenneth Peacock)

Way down a lone green valley
where the roses bloom and fade,
There lived a jealous lover
in love with a beautiful maid;
One night the stars shone brightly,
the night birds sang a song,
The jealous lover grew angry
with the beautiful maiden he loved.

Tonight the stars shine brightly
and softly the wind do blow,
Down to the maiden's cottage
the jealous lover grew;
"Come love and we will wander
down where the woods are gay,
Together we will wander
and appoint our wedding day."

So, arm in arm they wandered
down where the woods are gay,
"I'm growing tired and weary,"
she said, "I'm afraid to stay;
Oh, Willie I am weary.
May I retrace my way?"
"Retrace your steps? No, never,
for you have met your doom.
Oh, bid farewell forever
to your parents friends and home."

Down on her knees before him
she pleaded for her life,
When deep into her bosom
he plunged the fatal knife;
"Oh, Willie, my own poor darling,
why have you taken my life?
You know I always loved you
and wanted to be your wife.

"Oh, Willie, tell my mother
that I am dying here,
So she could come and see me
and read for me one prayer."
"No, I won't tell your mother
that you are dying here,
So she won't come to see you
nor read for you one prayer."

"Oh, God forgive you Willie,"
that was her dying breath,
"I will forgive you Willie,"
and she closed her eyes in death;
He buried her quite lonely
under a willow tree,
And left only the snowbirds
to bear her company.

####.... Author unknown. Variant of a North American broadside ballad [Laws F1] Native American Balladry (G Malcolm Laws, 1950/1964) ....####

Collected in 1950 from Theresa White [ca.1934-?] of Port au Port, NL, and published in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).

Variants were also collected from Edwin John (Eddy) Primroy [1928-1999] of Pouch Cove, NL, and Mrs Mary Dunphy [1907-1984] of Tors Cove, NL, and also published in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).

A variant was collected in 1959 as Sweet Florella from Mrs Wallace (Amelia J) Kinslow [1903-1985] of Isle aux Morts, NL, by Kenneth Peacock and published in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Volume 2, pp.632-633, by the National Museum of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.


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