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Bantry Girl's Lament

1) Oh, who will plow the fields now,
And who will sow the corn?
And who will mind the flock now,
And keep them neatly shorn?
The stack that's in the haggard
Unthrashed it may remain,
Since Johnny's gone a-thrashing
The cruel king of Spain.

2) The girls from the bawnogue
In sorrow may retire,
And the piper with his bellows
May go home and blow the fire.
For Johnny, lovely Johnny
Is sailing o'er the main
Along with the other patriots
To fight the King of Spain.

3) The boys will surely miss him
When Moneymore comes round,
And they'll weep that their bold captain
Is nowhere to be found.
And the peelers may stand idle
All against their will and main,
Since the gallant boy who gave them work
Now peels the King of Spain.

4) At wakes and hurling matches
Your like we'll never see,
Till you come back again to us
A stor gra geal mo chroi.
Then won't you thrash the buckeens
That show us such disdain,
Because our eyes are not so bright
As those you'll see in Spain.

5) If cruel fate should not allow
Our Johnny to return,
His heavy loss we Bantry girls
Will never cease to mourn.
We'll resign ourselves to our sad lot
And live in grief and pain,
Since Johnny died for Irland's pride
In the foreign land of Spain