The Star of the County Down

Star of the County Down
by Cathal Mac Garvey 1866-1927 Near to Banbridge town, in the county Down, one morning in July,
Down a boreen green came a sweet colleen and she smiled as she passed me by.
She looked so sweet from her two white feet to the sheen of her nut brown hair,
Sure the coaxing elf, I had to shake myself, to be sure I was standing there.

From Bantry Bay up to Derry Quay, and from Galway to Dublin town,
No maid I've seen like the sweet colleen that I met in the County Down.

As she onward sped, I shook my head and I gazed with a feeling quare ( or rare).
And I said says I to a passer by, "Who's the maid with the nut brown hair ? "
Oh he smiled at me and with pride said he,  "She's the gem of Ireland's crown",
She's Rosie McCann from the banks of the Bann. She's the star of the County Down."


She'd a soft brown eye and a look so sly, and a smile like the rose in June.
And you hung on each note from her lily white throat as she lilted an Irish tune.
At the pattern dance you were in a trance as she tripped through a jig or a reel.
I will offer her a fine gold ring to show her the way I feel.



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