The Orange Lily O - two versions

Version 1.

Oh did you go to see the show,
Each rose and pink a dilly O!
To feast your eyes upon the prize,
Won by the Orange Lily O.

The Viceroy there was so debonair,
Just like a daffa dilly O.
And Lady Clarke, blithe as a lark,
Approached the Orange Lily O.

Chorus
Then heigh ho the lily O,
The royal, loyal Lily O
Beneath the sky what flower can vie,
With Ireland's Orange Lily O.

The elated muse, to hear the news,
Jumped like a Connacht filly O
As gossip fame did loud proclaim
The triumph of the Lily O.

The lowland field may roses yield,
Gay heaths the highlands hilly-o,
But high or low no flower can show
Like the glorious Orange Lily O
.
Then heigh ho the Lily O,
The royal, loyal Lily O,
There's not a flower in Erin's bower
Can match the Orange Lily O.

Version 2.

Oh did you go to see the show,
Each rose and pink a dilly O!
To feast your eyes upon the prize,
Won by the Orange Lily O.

The Viceroy there was so debonair,
Just like a daffa dilly O.
And Lady Clarke, blithe as a lark,
Approached the Orange Lily O.

Chorus
Then heigh ho the lily O,
The royal, loyal Lily O
Beneath the sky what flower can vie,
With Ireland's Orange Lily O.

Then starting back he cried good lack (?),
Some say he looked quite silly O!
Oh deed of woe, must I bestow
The prize upon the Lily O!

Sir Charley too looked very blue
While laughed horse master Billy O
To think his ex a flower should vex
And that an Orange Lily O!

A fairer flower throughout the bower
He sought but willy nilly O
With moistened eyes he gave the prize
To Erin's Orange Lily O!

The lowland field may roses yield,
Gay heaths the highlands hilly-o,
But high or low no flower can show
Like the glorious Orange Lily O

The elated muse, to hear the news,
Jumped like a Connacht filly O
As gossip fame did loud proclaim
The triumph of the Lily O.

Then come brave boys and share her joys
And toast the health of Billy O!
Who bravely won on Boyne's red shore
The Royal Orange Lily O!

OR

Let dandies shine in Bond Street fine,
Gay nymphs in Picadilly O
But fine or gay must yield the day
To Erin's Orange Lily O!

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