Black Horse


Come all ye airy bachelors, a warning take by me
Give over wild ramblings and shun bad company
I lived as happy as a prince when I was in the North
And the first of my misfortune was to list in the Black Horse

Now it being of a Thursday morn, to Keady I did go
Meeting with an officer which proved my overthrow
I met with Sergeant Atkinson in the market going down
And says he, “Young man, would you enlist to be a Light Dragoon”

Oh no, kind sir, a soldier’s life with me would not agree
Neither will I bind myself down from my liberty
I live contented at my ease, my mind does tell me so
So fare thee well, I’m just going down my shuttle for to throw

So are you in a hurry now or are you going away
Or won’t you stand and listen to these words I’m going to say
Or do you live far from this place, the same I’d wish to know
Your name, kind sir, now if you please, give me before you go

Oh, I am in no hurry, and my dwelling is not far
My place of habitation lies six miles behind Armagh
Charles Egan is my name, from Armagh town I came
I ne’er intend to do a crime that I should deny my name

He say “Now Cousin Charlie, perhaps you might do worse
Than leave your native counry and enlist in the Black Horse”
And with all his kind persuasiveness, with him I did agree
I left my native country, boys, and fought for liberty

Farewell unto my father dear, likewise my sisters three
Farewell unto my mother, her kind face I ne’er will see
As I ride down through Armagh town, they all run in my mind
So farewell unto my country boys, and the girl I left behind


The Black Horse was the nickname given to the 7th Dragoon Regiment which was formed by The Earl of Devonshire in 1688

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