“Down by the Sally Gardens”


Singer meets his sweetheart by the Sally Gardens; she bid him to "take love easy," but he is foolish and does not. He is now filled with remorse


This is barely a ballad, but there is the skeleton of a narrative, and it seems to have entered the repertoire. - PJS

It seems to have had roots in tradition, though. See "Down In my Sally's Garden" and "You Rambling Boys of Pleasure." - RBW

Cross references


  1. Silber-FSWB, p. 182, "Down By The Sally Gardens" (1 text)
  3. ADDITIONAL: Kathleen Hoagland, editor, One Thousand Years of Irish Poetry (New York, 1947), p. 598, "Down by the Salley Gardens" (1 text)
  4. ADDITIONAL: Donagh MacDonagh and Lennox Robinson, _The Oxford Book of Irish Verse_ (Oxford, 1958, 1979), p. 132, "Down by the Salley Gardens" (1 text)
  5. BI, FSWB182


Alternate titles: “Down By the Salley Gardens”
Author: Words: William Butler Yeats / Music: Traditional
Earliest date: 1889
Found in: Britain