Mary of Cappoquin


As I roved out on a summer’s morning
Early as the day did dawn
When Sol appeared in pomp and glory
I took my way through a pleasant lawn
Where pinks and violets were sweetly blooming
And linnets warbling in every shade
I’ve been alarmed by a killing charmer
Near Youghal Harbour, I met this maid

Her aspect pleasing, her smiles engaging
I thought she really would distract my mind
When I viewed her feature, I thought on the fair one
That in Rathangan, I left behind
Her glancing eyes, they seemed most pleasing
‘I think young man, I saw you before
Here in your absence, in grief I languish
My dear, you’re welcome to me once more

‘Don’t you remember how you once deceived me
And courted me with right good will
But at your returning, I’ll now quit mourning
In hopes, your promise you will fulfil
A darling babe for you I’ll be rearing
As in your travels, you have never seen
If you’ll agree, love, and come with me, love
We’ll all live happy in Cappoquin’

‘Oh no, fair maid, I will tell you plainly
Here to remain, I will not agree
For when your parents would not receive me
It made me leave this country
And when your parents would not receive me
It’s then to Leinster I did repair
Where I fell a-courting another fair one
In sweet Rathangan, near to Kildare

And now I’m going to leave off roving
For I am hoping her love to win
To her I’ll go now, and I’ll bid adieu, now
Saying, ‘Fare you well, sweet Cappoquin’
So now he has left me in grief bewailing
That he, my tender young heart did win
So all fair maidens, beware of strangers
And think on Mary of Cappoquin


This song sometimes goes under the title ‘Youghal Harbour’



Song Themes

Love spurned