"Oh when I breathed a last adieu To Erin's vales and mountains blue...." The singer loves Mary, but Mary "deplores" him; he responds by leaving the country. "Can I forget the fateful day... When nought was left me but to say Farewell my love farewell"
Adieu to Erin (The Emigrant) Complete text(s) *** A *** Adieu to Erin As found in Gale Huntington, Songs the Whalemen Sang, pp. 255-256. Transcribed from the journal of William Histed of the Cortes. Oh, when I breathed a last adieu To Erin's and mountain blue When nursed by hope my moments flew In life's unclouded spring Though on the breezy deck reclined I listen to the rising wind What fetters could restrain the mind That roved on fancy's wind She bore me to the woodbine bower Where oft I passed the twilight hour Where first I felt love's thrilling power From Mary's beaming eye Again I watched her flushing breast Her honeyed lips again were pressed Again by sweet confession blest I drank each melting sigh Dost thou dear Mary my love deplore And lone on Erin's emerald shore In memory trace the love I bore On all our transports dwell Can I forget the fateful day That called me from thy arms away When nought was left me but to say Farewell my love farewell