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A GIRL'S SONG ON HER LOVER, PAIDIN RUADH, by                    
First Line: The leitrim lads can strike the ball
Last Line: Before the priest on easter-day.
Subject(s): Oxford University


THE Leitrim lads can strike the ball,
And sing and dance the whole night long,
But Paddy Roe can beat them all
At manly sports and dance and song.

O, Paddy's equal ne'er was born
To plough straight furrows up and down,
Or reap a field of standing corn,
Or sell his ewes in Sligo Town.

And Paddy Roe's beyond compare
For supple limbs and roguish eyes
And curls of golden-coloured hair
And soothering talk would win the wise.

You girls of Cloon and Lissadill
And Creevaghaun and Carnamoe,
Come here to me by Carragh hill
And look your fill on Paddy Roe!

Small will your sweethearts seem to you,
And crooked-limbed and shifty-eyed,
But I'll not care what thing you do
To tempt my lover from my side.

For Paddy's sworn by lands and life
To look no other woman's way,
Till he and I are man and wife
Before the priest on Easter-day.





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