As I sat down them to behold, Beneath a spreading tree, The limpid streams that gently rolled Conveyed these words to me; Farewell sweet maid, the youth he said For now I must set sail, I'll bid adieu to Armagh, you, And Dobbin's Flowery Vale. Forbear those thoughts and cruel words That wound a bleeding heart For is it true that we're met here Alas! There's many a youth has left his home, To steer for freedom's shore, Been laid beneath the silent tomb, Where the foaming billows roar; Take my advice, do not forsake Or leave me to bewail, But still remain with your fond dame, In Dobbin's Flowery Vale. It's when you reach Columbia's shore Some pretty maids you'll see, You'll ne'er think on the loving vow, That you have made to me; May hope content life's ending pain! Do not reflect that you're alone, Nor yet am I untrue, If e'er I chance now for to roam, My thoughts will be on you; There's not a flower in shady bower, On verdant hill or dale, But will remind me of the maid behind In Dobbin's Flowery Vale.
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F Mixolydian. Standard tuning fiddle. Leonard Dobbin, explains O Boyle, was a man of wealth and substance in County Armagh in the early 19th century, and lent his energies to civic improvement. He constructed most of the now attractive Armagh street known as "Dobbin Street," and laid out the lands along the banks of the Ballinahone River according to progressive landscaping patterns for the time which tried to incorporate both parks and manufacturing.
O Boyle quotes the 19th century author Stuart in Historical Memoirs of Armagh who gushingly wrote "to men of contemplative and tranquil minds who love to listen to the clack of mills alternately swelling and dying on the breeze and who hear with delight the murmur of descending waters and the choral song of birds, this rural spot must surely appear a charming retreat.
One of the songs he knew began:. By the Blackwater side, not far from Castle-Hyde, there dwells a most beautiful creature; She's slender tall and straight, and in beauty quite complete, and charming in every feature, I met her the other day as I roved along the way, and I asked where my darling was going; She said she meant to go as far as Templenoe, and I begged to accompany my storeen. One morning fair as Phoebus bright her radiant charms displayed, And Flora in her mantle green those verdant plains arrayed.
As I did rove throughout each grove, no care did me assail, Till a pair I spied by the water side in Dobbins flowery vale.
See also note to " My Fair-haired Darling 2. Source for notated version : "From Mr. Joyce b. Find traditional instrumental music. This is the stable version , checked on 6 May Jump to: navigation , search. One of the songs he knew began: By the Blackwater side, not far from Castle-Hyde, there dwells a most beautiful creature; She's slender tall and straight, and in beauty quite complete, and charming in every feature, I met her the other day as I roved along the way, and I asked where my darling was going; She said she meant to go as far as Templenoe, and I begged to accompany my storeen.
Another song set to the melody begins: One morning fair as Phoebus bright her radiant charms displayed, And Flora in her mantle green those verdant plains arrayed. Recorded sources : Back to Dobbin's Flowery Vale 1. This page was last edited on 6 May , at Navigation menu. Traditional Tune Archive.
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