Down by the Salley Gardens

Down by the Sally Gardens is a poem written by W. B. Yeats that was then put to music and went on to become one the most popular songs on the Irish folk scene.

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Down by the Sally Gardens by W. B. Yeats. Image copyright Ireland Calling

Down by the Sally Gardens

Down by the Salley gardens
My love and I did meet;
She passed the salley gardens
With little snow-white feet.
She bid me take love easy,
As the leaves grow on the tree;
But I, being young and foolish,
With her would not agree.

In a field by the 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.

Down by the Sally Gardens by W. B. Yeats. Image copyright Ireland Calling

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