“Mary of Sweet Belfast Town”


The singer meets Mary. He asks why she frowns. Her lover has "gone over the main And I hear he is married." The singer reveals that he is her lover returned after seven years. They marry next morning and settle, with his riches, in Belfast.

Cross references

  • cf. esp. "John (George) Riley (I)" [Laws N36] and references there


  1. Hayward-Ulster, pp. 70-71, "Mary of Sweet Belfast Town" (1 text)
  2. Hammond-Belfast, p. 55, "Mary of Sweet Belfast Town" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Roud #6535
  4. BI, HayU070


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1925 (Hayward-Ulster)
Found in: Ireland