[D]One morning early I walked [G]forth
By the[D] margin [G]of Lough[D] Leane
The [G]sunshine dressed the [D]trees
And summer[Bm] bloomed a[A]gain
I [G]left the town and[D] wandered on
Through fields all [Bm]green and [A]gay
[D]whom should I meet but a colleen[G] sweet
At the[D] dawning[G] of the[D] day.
[D]No cap or cloak this maiden[G] wore
Her[D] neck and[G] feet were [D]bare
Down [G]to the grass in [D]ringlets
Her glossy[Bm] golden [A]hair
A [G]milking pail was [D]in her hand
She was lovely, [Bm]young and[A] gay
[D]wore the palm from Venus[G] bright
By the [D]dawning [G]of the [D]day.
[D]On a mossy bank I sat me [G]down
With[D] the maiden [G]by my[D] side
With [G]gentle words I[D] courted her
asked her to[Bm] be my [A]bride
She[G] said, "Young man don't[D] bring me blame"
And swiftly[Bm] turned a[A]way
[D]the morning light was shining[G] bright
At the[D] dawning [G]of the[D] day.