The Salley Gardens

An English Folk song based on a poem by William Butler Yeats which appears in his book `The Wanderings of Oisin and Other Poems`. Arrnaged by John Corigliano.


The word Salley comes from an Irish word `saileach` which means willow.


Down by the Salley Gardens, my love and I did meet
She passed the Salley Gardens on little snow white feet
She bid me take love easy
As the leaves grows on the tree
But I was young and foolish
And with her did not agree

In a field by a river my love and I did stand
And on my leaning shoulder she laid her snow-white hand
She bid me take life easy 
As the grass grows on the weirs but I was young and foolish and now am full of tears



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