In blackberry time herself and me We do be up by the break of day, An' "God go with us now" says she, "The time we're thrav'llin' on our way, An' God go with us all the while We're thrav'llin'on from mile to mile." 'Tis up Glencullen way we are; The berries there are fine and sweet, But kilt you'd be, it is so far, When you go thrav'llin'on your feet. Och, weary miles ere you'd come down From far Glencullen to the town. Up there at dawn 'tis quare and still And dew lies heavy on the ground, But berries for a basket's fill Grows on the bushes all around. And whiles we'll rest and eat a few That's sodden with the heavy dew. We traipis round from door to door; 'Tis weary in the noonday heat. (May God have mercy on the poor That thravels round upon their feet!) For sure you're moidhered in the town, The way the carts go up and down. But when we're quit of all our load, "Now God be praised for that," says she; And back we go the homeward road, Near bet we are, herself and me. Och! Sure the thought of home is sweet To thim that thravels on their feet.
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- by Winifred Mary Letts (1882 - 1972) [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
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- by Charles Villiers Stanford, Sir (1852 - 1924), "Blackberry time", op. 139 no. 5, published 1913, from A Fire of Turf, no. 5 [sung text checked 1 time]
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