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JOLLY BEGGARMAN, THE (An Deircteoir Sugac). Irish, Air (3/4 time, "gaily"). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB.

It´s of a jolly beggarman come tripping o´er the plain
He came unto a farmers door a lodging for to gain
The farmer´s daughter she came down and viewed him cheek and chin
She says "He is a handsome man I pray you take him in"
We´ll go no more a roving, a roving in the night,
We´ll go no more a roving let the moon shine so bright,
We´ll go no more a roving

He would not lie within the barn nor yet within the byre
But he would in the corner lie down by the kitchen fire.
Oh, then the beggar´s bed was made of good clean sheets and hay,
And down beside the kitchen fire the jolly baggar lay

The farmer´s daughter she got up to bolt the kitchen door
And there she saw the beggar standing naked on the floor.
He took the daughter in his arms and to the bed he ran.
"Kind sir" she says, "be easy now, you´ll waken our good man"


"Now you are no beggar you are some gentleman
For you have stolen my maiden-head and I´m quite undone."
"I am no Lord I am no Squire of beggars I be one
And beggars they be robbers all so you are quite undone."


She took the bed in both her hand and threw it at the wall
Says: "Go you with the beggar man, my maiden-head and all."

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 364, p. 63.

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