#02311
Will You Come To The Bower (The Dubliners)
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See also: Come To The Bower (Ryan's Fancy)
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Will you come to the Bower
o'er the free boundless ocean,
Where stupenduous waves roll
in thundering motion;
Where the mermaids are seen
and the wild tempest gathers,
To loved Erin the green,
the dear land of our fathers?
Will you come, will you, will you,
will you come to the bower?

Will you come to the land
of O'Neill and O'Donnell,
Of Lord Lucan the bold
and the immortal O'Connell;
Where Brian chased the Dane
and St Patrick the vermin,
And whose valleys remain still
most beautiful and charming?
Will you come, will you, will you,
will you come to the bower?

You can visit Benburb
and the storied Blackwater,
Where Owen Roe met Munroe
and his chieftains did slaughter;
Where the lambs sport and play
on the mossy all over,
From those bright golden views
to enchanting Rostrevor.
Will you come, will you, will you,
will you come to the bower?

You can see Dublin City
and the fine groves of Blarney,
The Bann, Boyne, the Pillar
and the Lakes of Killarney;
You can ride on the tide
o'er the broad majestic Shannon,
You can sail 'round Lough Neagh
and see storied Dungannon.
Will you come, will you, will you,
will you come to the bower?

You can visit New Ross,
gallant Wexford and Gorey,
Where the green was last seen
by proud Saxon and Tory;
Where the soil is sanctified
by the blood of each true man,
Where they died satisfied
their enemies they would not run from.
Will you come, will you, will you,
will you come to the bower?

Will you come and awake
our dear land from its slumber?
And her fetters we will break
links that long have encumbered;
And the air will resound
with hosannahs to greet you,
On the shore will be found
gallant Irishmen to meet you.
Will you come, will you, will you,
will you come to the bower?

####.... Author unknown. Variant of an Irish traditional published as #96 in Irish Street Ballads, collected and edited by Colm O Lochlainn (A Corinth Book, New York, distributed by Citadel Press, 1960) ....####

This variant arranged and recorded by The Dubliners (Finnegan Wakes, 1966).

See more songs by The Dubliners.

A variant was recorded as Come To The Bower by Ryan's Fancy (Songs From The Shows, trk#15, 2001, produced for CBC Television by Jack Kellum, and recorded at CBC Television Studios, St. John's, NL).

See more songs by Ryan's Fancy.

This song was originally sung as a musical invitation to exiled Irishmen and Americans who supported the Fenians.


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