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An Cailín Deas Ruadh
An Cailín Deas Ruadh
The Colleen Dhas Rue
The Pretty Red Girl
A bhean-a'-tighe shéimh cuir adéirc amach cun a doill;
Beidh mo phaidir chun Dé a-cur séun agus rath air do chloinn:
Dá m-beidh mo bhean agum fhéin ni bheith mo léintín dithte
air mo dhruím;
A's go bh-fuil sí a g-Cill-teun, mo leun, agus leac air a druím.
O gentle woman of the house, give alms to the blind man;
My prayer to God will be to give prosperity and good luck to your children:
If I had my own wife my shirt would not be soiled [as it is] on my back;
But alas, she lies in Kiltane with a stone at her head.
Of all trades a-going, begging it is my delight:
My rent it is paid and I lay down my bags ev'ry night:
I'll throw away care and take a long staff in my hand,
And I'll flourish each day courageously looking for chance.
With my belt round my shoulder and down my bags they do hang;
With a push and a jolt it's quickly I'll have them yoked on;
With my horn by my side, likewise my skiver and can;
With my staff and long pike to fight the dogs as I gang.
To patterns and fairs I'll go round for collection along,
I'll seem to be lame and quite useless of one of my hands.
Like a pilgrim I'll pray each day with my hat in my hand,
And at night in the alehouse I'll stand and pay like a man.
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