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"The Ladye Of Lee"

"The Ladye Of Lee"

The Ladye Of Lee by Rev. Francis Mahony ("Father Prout")charming poet and versatile writer, born in Cork about 1803; he died in Paris, May 19, 1866. His remains were brought to Cork and buried under the shadow of Shandon Steeple.

There's a being bright, whose beams

Light my days and gild my dreams,

Till my life all sunshine seems -

'tis the ladye of Lee.

Oh! the joy that Beauty brings,

While her merry laughter rings,

And her voice of silver sings -

how she loves but me!

There's grace in every limb,

There's a charm in every whim,

And the diamond cannot dim -

the dazzling of her e'e.

There's a light amid

The lustre of her lid,

That from the crowd is hid-

and only I can see.

'Tis the glance by which is shown

That she loves but me alone;

That she is all mine own -

this ladye of Lee.

Then say, can it be wrong,

If the burden of my song

Be, how fondly I'll belong

to this ladye of Lee!