Red Is The Rose

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Here is the ever-popular “Red is the Rose”.

The work of an anonymous poet, dates from the middle of the nineteenth century. It tells the sad tale of a young man who was deeply in love, but whose sweetheart and sister died during the Famine. He is now about to depart for far foreign fields.

Come over the hills, my bonnie Irish

lass,

Come over the hills to your darling;

You choose the rose, love, and I’ll

make the vow,

And I’ll be your true love forever.


Red is the rose that in yonder garden

grows,

And fair is the lily of the valley;

Clear is the water that flows from the

Boyne,

But my love is fairer than any.


‘Twos down by Killarney’s green

woods that we strayed,

When the moon and the stars they

were shining;

The moon shone its rays on her locks

of golden hair,

When she swore she’d be my love

forever.


Red is the rose that in yonder garden

grows,

And fair is the lily of the valley;

Clear is the water that flows from the

Boyne,

But my love is fairer than any.


It’s not for the loss of my only sister,

Kate,

Ii’s not for the grief of my mother;

‘Tis all for the loss of my bonny Irish

lass,

That I’m leaving old Ireland forever.


Red is the rose that in yonder garden

grows,

And fair is the lily of the valley;

Clear is the water that flows from the

Boyne,

But my love is fairer than any.


Here is the ballad on U-Tube, Red Is The Rose.



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