by Anonymous / Unidentified Author

Donal Oge
Language: English  after the Irish (Gaelic) 
O Donal Oge, if you go across the sea,
Bring myself with you and do not forget it;
And you will have a sweetheart 
For fair days and market days
And the daughter of the King of Greece
Beside you at night.

It was late last night
The dog was speaking of you;
The snipe was speaking of you
In her deep marsh. 
It is you are the lonely bird through the woods;
And that you may be without a mate
Until you find me.

You promised me, and you said a lie to me,
That you would be before me where the sheep are flocked;
I gave a whistle and three hundred cries to you,
And I found nothing but a bleating lamb.

You promised me a thing that was hard for you,
A ship of gold under a silver mast;
Twelve towns with a market in all of them
And a fine white court by the side of the sea.

You promised me a thing that is not possible -- 
That you would give me gloves of the skin of a fish;
That you would give me shoes of the skin  of a bird
And a suit of the dearest silk in Ireland.

O Donal Oge, it is I would be better for you
Than a high, proud, spenthrift lady:
I would mild the cow;
I would bring help to you;
And if you were hard pressed
I would strike a blow for you.

You have taken the east from me
You have taken the west from me.
You have taken what is before me
And what is behind me;
You have taken the moon
You have taken the sun from me,
And my fear is great
That you have taken God from me.


Based on

Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Researcher for this text: Michael P. Rosewall

This text was added to the website: 2011-10-22
Line count: 39
Word count: 295