School: Mastersons (roll number 8390)

Location:
Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim
Teacher:
Gobnait de Búit

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Song - The Rocks of Bawn

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0197, Page 410

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Dawn is a townland near Bromahaire. Muralec Davis Buggawn 69 yrs gave this song to his niece. He says it was sung in that district 100 years ago.
Come all ye loyal heroes
Wherever that ye be
Don't hire with your master
Till you know what your work will be.
For you must rise up early
From the clear daylight till dawn
And I fear you won't be able
To plough the rocks of Bawn

Come rise up lovely Sweeney.
And give your horse some hay
And give to him a feed of oats
Before you go away.
Don't feed him on soft turnips,
Take him down to your green lawn.
And then you might be able,
To plough the rocks of Bawn.
My curse attend young Sweeney,
you have me nearly robbed,
You are sitting by the fireside

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Collector
(name not given)
Gender
female
Informant
Mr Alec Davis
Relation
relative (other than parent or grandparent)
Gender
male
Age
69
Address
Boggaun, Co. Leitrim
Language
English