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Dawning of the day

(10) Dawning of the day

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                     DAWNING
                        OF THE
                         DAY.

As I walked out one morning fair, all In the summer-time,
Each bush aud ree was dressen in green,& alleys in their prime
Returning home from a ake, thro the fields I took my way,
And there I met a comely maid, by the dawning of the day

No shore or stockings, cap or cloak, thro comely maid did wear,
Her hair, like shining silver twist, hung e'er her shoulders bare
With milking-pail within her hand, so noble and so gay,
And the appeared like Venus bright, at the dawning of the day

Her cheeks were like a rose in bloom, her skin like lillies fair,
Her breath like lavender perfumes that scents the balmy air;
She did appear like Helen, fair, or Flora, queen of Mar :
This angel bright did me delight, at the dawning of the day.

Said I sweet lovely female, where are yon for so soon?
I'm going a milking, sir, she said, all in the month of June,
The pasture where that I must go, it it so far away.
I must be there each morning olear, by the dawning of the day.

You've time enough, my dear, said he, suppose it was a mile,
So on this velvet primrose bank, let's sit and chat awhile;
O, sir, she said, my hurry will admit of no delay,
Look round, the morning breaks, 'tis the dawning of the day

As thus she spoke my arms entwined about her lovely waist,
I set her on a primrose bank, and there did her embrace:
Leave of your freedom, sir, and let me go my way,
The time has come-—I can't delay, it's the dawning of the days.

But when this lovely damsel came to herself again.
With heavy sighs and downcast eyes, she sorely did complain;
Young man, she said, I'm much afraid that you did me betray,
My virgin bloom you've got too soon, by the dawning of the day.

I kissed my love at parting, and then crossed o'er the plain,
And In the course of seven month we there did meet again,
She seemed to be dropsical as she walked o'er the lea,
And carelessly I passed her by the noontide of the day.

I said fair lovely damsel I hope you will me excus ,
To jain with yon to wedlock's bands, indeed I must refuse I
For I lately have been married to a maid near Baniry Bay,
W whom I got three hundred pounds by the dawning of the

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                           PAT
                       MAGUlRE.

                                                                               Place,

You muses nine, with me combine, assist my slender quill.
Assist my weary notion to every line I till.
My name is Pat Maguire, and how can I conceal,
For the crualty of Mary Kays, I lie in Liffer Jail.

My Parents rear'd me tenderly, and very well its known,
They gave me education for the Church of Rome ;             
Still thinking they would comfort have, with me in future days
But now I lie In irons, for cruel Mary Kays.

When I came from the college my parents for to ee,
She did her whole endeavours, to prove my destiny;
She says, youug Pat Maguire, come join in wedlock bands
Agree with me and marry me, or leave your native land.

For to marry with you, Mary, my parents would me blame,
Besides, not to be ordained, would be a sin and shame,
And in the most holy order I mean to lead my life,
So, Mary, dear, don't persevere, you ne'er can'be my wife.

It was on a Monday morning, before the sun did rise.
The cavalry surrounded me, unto my great surprise,
The captain says, Maguire, rise up and do not fail,
For I must do my duty, you are bound to Lifter Jail

When I read my commitment, I quickly then did sen
A letter to Captain Hamilton—I knew he'd be my friend,
Wow when he read this letter an answer he sent down,
Saying, I will bail Maguire, should it be ten thousand pounds

When my dear aged father, this letter did receive,
Be says, my chill, and only son, don't be the least dismay'd
Few I nave money plenty, and I will be your friend.
Far Shiel's a noble counsellor, on him you may depend.

Now so conclude and to finish, and let the world see,
ln spite of all her Intreet, the jury set me free,
They sent me out of Liffer Jail, with honor I got home.
In hopes to be a member of the holy Church of Rome

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