“The Lovely Banks of Mourne”


A farmer's son sees a girl bathing by the banks of the Mourne. He hides behind a bush to watch. At last she sees him and flees. He pursues, and offers her his hand and produce. She consents to marry. The singer will not reveal her name


Sort of a "Clear Away the Morning Dew" with the ending reversed. It's not nearly as much fun, though, which doubtless explains its limited currency. - RBW

Cross references


  1. SHenry H595, p.468 , "The Lovely Banks of Mourne" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #9454
  3. BI, HHH595


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1935 (Sam Henry collection)
Found in: Ireland