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Old Married Couple (MacEdward Leach)

Old married couple were seated
Alone by a dear fireside,
When their thoughts wandered back to a wedding
Of a blushing young groom and a bride;
But now they're aged and feeble,
On her finger the same wedding ring,
They're as fond of one another as ever,
And this is the song they will sing:

You gave me your love,
You took my name,
For forty years of a married life
Our love remains the same;
We struggled hard together
In this great world of strife,
In sunshine or rain I will love you the same,
I love you my darling wife.

The years rolled along until one evening,
As the sun sank in the west,
The old man lost his wife and companion,
The one on earth whom he loved best;
In a quiet village churchyard he laid her,
Fresh roses each morning he'd bring,
The old man he still sits by the fireside,
With head bowed down low he will sing:

You gave me your love,
You took my name,
For forty years of a married life
Our love remains the same;
We struggled hard together
In this great world of strife,
In sunshine or rain I will love you the same,
I love you my darling wife.

####.... Author unknown. Traditional anniversary song ....####

Collected in 1951 from Margaret Power [1918-1994] of Tors Cove, NL, and 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 1951 from Cyril O'Brien [ca.1902-?] of Trepassey, NL, and published as An Old Fashioned Couple in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).


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