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The Rose Of Allendale (Irish Descendants) video
#1639: YouTube video by BardofCornwall
©2011 ~ Used with permission ~

Oh the sky was clear, the morn was fair,
no breath came over the sea,
When Mary left her highland home
and wandered forth with me;
Though flowers decked the mountainside
and fragrance filled the vale,
By far the sweetest flower there
was the Rose of Allendale.

Sweet Rose of Allendale,
sweet Rose of Allendale;
By far the sweetest flower there
was the Rose of Allendale.

Where e'er I wandered, east or west,
though fate began to lower,
A solace still was she to me
in sorrow's lonely hour;
When tempest lashed our lonely bark
and rent her shivering sail,
One maiden form withstood the storm,
'twas the Rose of Allendale.

Sweet Rose of Allendale,
sweet Rose of Allendale;
By far the sweetest flower there
was the Rose of Allendale.

And when my fevered lips were
parched on Africa's burning sand,
She whispered hopes of happiness
and tales of distant land;
My life has been a wilderness,
unblessed by fortunes gained,
Had fate not linked my love to her,
the Rose of Allendale.

Sweet Rose of Allendale,
sweet Rose of Allendale;
By far the sweetest flower there
was the Rose of Allendale.

Sweet Rose of Allendale,
sweet Rose of Allendale;
By far the sweetest flower there
was the Rose of Allendale.

####.... Variant of Rose Of Allandale published in 1835 with words by Charles H Jeffreys [1807-1865] and music by Sidney Nelson [1800-1862] ....####
This variant was recorded at Great Big Studio, St John's, NL, by the Irish Descendants (Blooming Bright Star, trk#10, 2001, Sextant Records, Markham, Ontario, produced by Derek Harrington).

See more songs by the Irish Descendants.

Also published without a date by an unknown printer as a broadside ballad, The Rose Of Allandale, archived in The Murray Collection of the Glasgow Broadside Ballads shelfmark: mu23y1118.

A variant was collected by Gale Huntington (Songs The Whalemen Sang, pp.257-260, as published in the 1847 Journal of William Histed of the Cortes, Barre Publishers, Barre, Massachusetts, 1964; reprinted by Dover Publications, 1970).

The video above features a live performance of a variant by Jesse Ferguson of Cornwall, Ontario, Fredericton, New Brunswick, and Sydney, Nova Scotia.



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