#01919
The Country Girl (MacEdward Leach)

One fine Easter Monday as the sun it was rising,
The birds from the bushes they sweetly did sing;
Where the lads and the lassies were gently moving,
In yonder green valleys their works to begin.

I spied a fair damsel more brighter than amber,
Her cheeks bloomed like roses,
none could them excel;
She had skin like a lily that grows in yon valley,
That bloomin' young goddess, that counteree girl.

I stepped up to that pretty fair maiden,
While on me she cast a proud look of disdain;
"Stand back, sir," she said, "and do not insult me,
Though poor I'm in poverty, I'm never insane.

"I am but a poor orphan, no friends, no relations,
I'm but a hard working counteree girl."
I said, "Now, don't scorn for I'll never harm thee,
But one favour grant me, now where do you live?

"There's pleasure, there's treasure,
but love it is wanting,
Your beauty upon me now here casts a stain;
I'll marry you speedily, I'll make you a lady,
If you will be mine my sweet counteree girl."

She says, "Sir, temptation 'tis used in all nations,
Go marry a lady and you will do well;
I'm but a poor orphan, no friends or relations,
I'm but a hard working counteree girl."

"Alas!" I cried, "if you'll not be my bride,
I'll wander forever in some foreign land;
For there's pleasure, there's treasure,
but love it is wanting,
Your beauty upon me have now left a stain."

She then gave consent,
to the church straight we went,
The birds from the bushes they this merrily sing;
And as we were returning all on that same evening,
The bridesmaid and brides boy they sweetly did sing:

"Now both of those young people live happy together,
She blessed the hour that she first met that man;
This counteree girl she's made a rich lady,
She's married to a squire of honour and wealth."

####.... Author unknown. Variant of an early 20th-century British ballad, The Factory Girl, according to Jane Keeler's Folk Music Index ....####

Collected in 1951 from Mrs Thomas (Anastasia Ryan) Ghaney [1883-1959] of Fermeuse, NL, and published in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).


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