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Oh, the grass in the meadow, the reeds by the mere
The sad boom of the bittern is all that I hear
And the leaves in the woodland and the gulls by the shore
You never shall sit by your loved-ones no more

When I was a young girl the world did seem gay
But these cruel hard times do drive comfort away
And the leaves in the woodland and the gulls by the shore
You never shall dance with your sweetheart no more

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Once I gathered wild flowers in the sweet countryside
But my garlands have withered, my posies have died
And the leaves in the woodland and the gulls by the shore
You never shall lie by your husband no more

Once I went a-courting, but now my man's gone
Once I was a mother, but now I'm alone
And the leaves in the woodland and the gulls by the shore
You never shall walk with your men-folk no more

Come all you young women that's free from all care
Don't you ever get married, all sorrows lies there
For the leaves in the woodland and the gulls by the shore
The heart that is given no man may restore

Now the fields are all empty, the hedgerows are bare
Only wild desolation is all I find there
I'll go down to the river to ease all my pain
And who knows, but I might find my dear ones again

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