The Cailin Deas
The evening fair to take the air
As the summer sun went down
The moon in all her beauty rare
The stars began to crown.
By Clontarf Bay I chanced to stray
When a female form did pass
More bright by far than the evening star
And I called her the Cailin Deas.
I said "Fair maid, where have you strayed, come tell to me your name,
Besides your father's residence, likewise from whence you came;
For a form so fair and jewels so rare I ne'er before did pass;
For your dear sake my heart will break my charming Cailin Deas
She said: "My name and residence, if that is all you crave,
I'm the only daughter of Erin's king once known as Brian the Brave'
On Clontarf's plains he slew the Danes therefore I love to pass
At the eventide where my father died." said the charming Cailin Deas
I closed my eyes in dim surprise scarce knowing what to do,
And when my thoughts revived again this vision from me flew;
And I would give all England's wealth and think it only brass
If I could gain another sight of charming Cailin Deas