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THE MANTLE SO GREEN (Traditional) As I went a-walking one morning in June To view the fair fields and the meadows in bloom I spied a fair female, she appeared like a queen In her costly fine robes and her mantle so green I stepped up to her, put her in surprise I own she did not know me, I being in disguise Says I, Fairest creature, will you come with me Oh we'll join in wedlock and married we'll be She says, Oh no, young man, I must be excused For I'll wed with no man, so you must be refused To the green fields I will wander, to shun all men's view Since the lad I love dearly is in famed Waterloo Since you will not marry me, will you tell me your love's name As I was in that battle I ought to know the same Draw near to my garment, for it's there to be seen His name is embroidered in my mantle of green At the raising of her mantle it was there I beheld His name and his surname in letters of gold Young Willie O'Reilly appeared to my view He was my chief comrade in famed Waterloo Your love and I fought where the bullets did fly And in the field of battle his body does lie We fought for four days till the fifth afternoon He received his death-summons on the eighteenth of June When she heard the sad news she fell into despair With the wringing her hands and the tearing her hair To the green fields I will wander to shun all men's view Since the lad I loved dearly lies in famed Waterloo Oh Nancy, lovely Nancy, it was I won your heart In your father's garden the day we did part In your father's garden so plain to be seen I rolled you in my arms in your mantle of green And now this couple's married, I've heard people say Great nobles attended their wedding day He dressed her in fine silk, she appeared like a queen In her costly fine robes and her mantle of green ***** HER MANTLE SO GREEN (Traditional variation) Sinead O'Connor As I went out walking one morning in June, To view the fair fields and the valleys in bloom, I spied a pretty fair maid she appeared like a queen With her costly fine robes and her mantle so green. Says I, "My pretty fair maid, won't you come with me We'll both join in wedlock, and married we'll be, I'll dress you in fine linen, you'll appear like a queen, With your costly fine robes and your mantle so green. " Says she now, "You Young man, you must be excused, For I'll wed with no man, you must be refused; To the green woods I will wander to shun all men's view, For the lad that I love fell in famed Waterloo. " "O, then, if you won't marry, tell me your love's name, For I being in battle, I might know the same. " "Draw near to my garment and there will be seen, His name is embroidered on my mantle so green. " In raising her mantle there I did behold His name and his surname in letters of gold; Young William O'Reilly appeared in my view He was my chief comrade back in famed Waterloo. But when he was dying I heard his last cry 'If you were here, Lovely Nancy, contented I'd die;' Now Peace is proclaimed, and the truth I declare Here is your love token, the gold ring I wear. " O, Nancy, dear Nancy, 'tis I won your heart In your father's garden that day we did part. Now the wars are all over, no trouble is seen And I'll wed with my true love in her mantle so green. " (Contributed by Andy & Mogg - March 2004)

    


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