MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
Virgin Mary's Bank
Jim Rice NFLD 1 Tape 9 Track 5
Cape Broyle Audio:
Ballad / shipwreck

Now the evening star shone beauteous bright all on that fading day,
When to a lone and silent beach this virgin came to pray,
The hills and dales shone clearly the moonlight mellow fall,
On the banks of green where Mary knelt shone the brightest of them all.

Slow moving o'er the waters a gallant barque appeared,
Her joyful crew looked from the deck as to the land she steered,
Slow moving o'er dose sheltered heavens she floated like a swan,
With her wings of snow the waves below her pride and beauty shone.

Now her captain spied a lady as he stood on the bow,
He marked the whiteness of her robe the radiance of her brow,
Her arms were fold most graciously all on her stainless breast,
And her eyes were cast to him and now to him her soul loved best.

He showed her to his sailors who hailed her with a cheer,
It was on that kneeling virgin they gazed with laughing cheer,
They madly swore a form so fair they never had seen before,
And they cursed that fainting lagging breeze that kept them from the shore.

The ocean from its bosom showed up its moonlight field,
And up it's angry billows rose to vindicate our queen,
The clouds came o'er the heavens and the darkness o'er the land,
That scoffing crew beheld no more that lady on the strand.

Now first the pealing thunder and the lightning flashed about,
Contending with those angry waves the tempest gave a shout,
Our vessel from a mountain wave came down with thundering shock,
Her timbers flew like scattered sprays on inside of a rock

A bright and purple dawning shone out a night of gore,
Where many a mangled corpse was seen on inside on this shore,
Until this day a fisherman showed where those scoffers sank,
And still they called this hill of green the Virgin Mary's Bank.




Text notes: The song tells of a shipwreck during a sudden storm off Virgin Mary's Bank.

Tune notes: A 4/4 metre tune with an "abba" form.

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