I Once Loved a Lass

I once loved a lass and I loved her so well
I hated all others who spoke of her ill
And now she’s rewarded me well for my love
For she’s gone and she’s wed another

I watched my young love, up to the church go
With bride and bridesmaidens
she made a fine show
And I followed on with my heart full of woe
For she’s gone and she’s wed another

I watched my love as she sat down to dine
I sat down beside her and poured out the wine
And thought of the lassie
that should have been mine
But she’s gone and she’s wed another

The men in yon forest, they are scared of me
“How many strawberries grow in the salt sea?”
And I answer them with a tear in my eye
“How many ships sail in the forest?

Oh, dig me a grave and dig it so deep,
And cover it o’er with wee flowers so sweet
And then lay me down for to take the long sleep
And maybe in time, I’ll forget her

So they dug him a grave and dug it so deep,
And covered it o’er with wee flowers so sweet
And they lay him down for to take the long sleep
And maybe in time, He’ll forget her

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