When Kate gives the warning For the milking in the morning, E'en the cow known for horning comes running to her pail. All the lambs they play about her, And the little bonneens snout her, While their parents they salute her wid a twist of the tail, Just as if they said, "You darling, God bless you!" When we rest from our labour, And, neighbour wid neighbour, Draw in from the sun to the shelter of the tree, Wid the new milk and murphies You come trippin' out to serve us, All the boys' hearts beguilin', alanna machree! While each one of us whispers, "God bless you!" But there's one sweeter hour, When the sun has lost his power And the shadows they come creeping along the dewy land, Then sweet Kitty I go stalking, Till away we two are walking, And 'tis pleasantly we're talking, wid my one hand in her hand And the other slipped around her and welcome!
- by Alfred Perceval Graves (1846 - 1931) [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Charles Villiers Stanford, Sir (1852 - 1924), "Kitty of the cows", op. 76 no. 19, published 1901 [voice and piano], from Songs of Erin, no. 19, London, Boosey [text verified 1 time]
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