A lovely lass with modest mien Stole out one morning early; The dew-drops glancing o'er the green Made all her pathway pearly. Young Lawrence struck with Cupid's dart, -- Cupid's dart distressing, -- As through the fields he saw her start, Sighed, "She's gone confessing! O vo ! 'twould ease my heart To earn the Father's blessing." The Father, with a twinkling eye, He watched my boyo cunning, Unnoticed by his colleen's eye, Behind the bushes running. "How well," he laughed, "young Lawrence there, After all my pressing, With his sweetheart, I declare, Comes at last confessing. Oho ! I'll just take care To learn the lad a lesson." The pleasant priest unbarred the door, As solemn as a shadow, "How slow," cried he, "you've come before, How hot-foot now, my laddo. The serious steal with looks sedate, Seeking to be shriven, But you, you're in no fitting state Now to be forgiven, So go within and wait, With all your thoughts on heaven." The fair one following in a while Made out her faults with meekness; The priest then asked her with a smile Had she no other weakness, And led with that young Lawrence in; Her cheeks were now confessing. "Well, since 'tis after all a sin Easy of redressing, Here, dear, I'd best begin To give you both my blessing."
- by Alfred Perceval Graves (1846 - 1931), "The confession", appears in Father O'Flynn and other Irish Lyrics, first published 1880 [author's text checked 1 time 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), "The confession", published [1882?] [voice and piano], from the collection Songs of Old Ireland. A Collection of Fifty Irish Melodies Unknown in England, no. 29, arrangement ; London, Boosey & Co. ; dedicated to Johannes Brahms, August 1882 [text verified 1 time]
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