“Not the Swan on the Lake”


"Not the swan on the lake or the foam on the shore Can compare with the charms of the maid I adore." The singer praises the girl and her beauty, comparing her to Venus (the planet!), and says he "feast[s]... on the smiles of my love."


  1. SHenry H707, p. 227, "Not the Swan on the Lake" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #1525
  3. BI, HHH707


Author: words translated by Ewan MacLachlan
Earliest date: 1937 (Sam Henry collection; earlier text in Whitelaw 1844)
Keywords: love beauty nonballad
Found in: Ireland