The Blacksmith

I

A blacksmith courted me,
nine month and better
he fairly won my heart
he wrote me a letter
with his hammer in his hand,
he looked so clever
and if I was with my love,
I would live forever!

II

Oh but where has my love gone!
with his cheeks like roses
and his big, black billy cap on,
decked around with primroses
I'm afraid the scorching sun
will shine and burn his beauty
and if I was with my love,
I would do my duty

III

Strange news has come to town
strange news is carried
strange news cried up and down
my love ist married!
I wish them both much joy
though they can't hear me
and may God reward them well,
for the slighting of me

IV

Do you remember when
you lay beside me?
and you said you'd marry me
and you'd ne'ver deny me
if I said I'd marry you,
it was only for to try you
so bring your witness love,
and I'll never deny you.

V

Ah witness have I none
save God Almighty!
and may he reward you well
for the slighting of me
her lips grew pale and wan
which made her poor heart tremble
to think she love'd a man,
who had proved deceitful!

 (traditional)

Eine junge Frau läßt sich von einem tollen Mann, einen Schmied verführen, er verspricht ihr die Ehe und sie nie im Stich zu lassen. Doch bald danach hört sie, er ist verheiratet.als sie ihn zur Rede stellt, erklärt er, es war nur Gerede um sie zu verführen, sie wendet sich im gebet an Gott und bittet ihn, Gerechtigkeit zu üben


Geraldine Macgowan
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