Come all you lads of high renown
That would hear of a fair young maiden
As she roved out on a summer’s day
For to view the soldiers parading

They marched so bold and they looked so gay
Their colors flying and the bands did play
It caused young Mary for to say
I’ll wed you my gallant soldier

She viewed the soldiers on parade
And as they stood their leisure
Mary to herself did say
At last I’ve found my treasure

But oh, how cruel my parents must be
Banishing my darling so far from me
Well, I’ll leave them all and I’ll go with thee
My bold and undaunted soldier

Oh, Mary dear your parents’ love
I pray don’t be unruly
When you’re in a foreign land
Believe me you’ll rue it surely


Perhaps in battle I might fall
From a shot from an angry cannonball
And you so far from your daddy’s hall
Be advised by a gallant soldier

And I have fifty guineas in black gold
Likewise a heart that’s blinder
And I’d leave them all and I’ll go with you
My bold and undaunted soldier

So don’t say no but let me go
And I will face the daring foe
We’ll march together to and fro
I’ll wed you my gallant soldier

And when he saw her loyalty
And Mary so true hearted
He said my darling married we’ll be
And nothing but death will part us

And when we’re in some foreign land
I’ll guard you darling with my right hand
Hope’s that God might stand a friend
To Mary and her gallant soldier