Neilson and his Bride (original poem: John Murray - adapted Paul OBrien)

Im bidding you good-bye he says,

But Ill be firm and true;

Though dark the nights and long the days,

I will come back to you.

 

He left his own dear native land,

The bonnie banks o Clyde,

He kissed his lass and pressed her hand,

As she stood by his side.

think not when I have crossed the sea

My love for you shall wane,

Your form will aye be near to me,

In sunshine and in rain.

 

Im bidding you good-bye he says,

But Ill be firm and true;

Though dark the nights and long the days,

I will come back to you.

 

no other eyes, though eer so bright,

Can pierce this heart o mine,

Light of my soul, my hearts delight-

All that I have is thine.

Now far across the ocean wave,

On Indias coral strand,

He minds the promise that he gave,

And keeps it like a man.

 

Im bidding you good-bye he says,

But Ill be firm and true;

Though dark the nights and long the days,

I will come back to you.

 

Now homeward bound to Scotland dear

And bonnie banks o Clyde,

He braves the ocean without fear

To meet his promised bride.

And we to-night a privileged few

Have seen the two join hand,

Hes got a help-mate loyal and true,

And she, a right good man.

 

Im bidding you good-bye he says,

But Ill be firm and true;

Though dark the nights and long the days,

I have come back for you.

 

May fortune shower her choicest gifts

Upon the happy pair,

Their sun of joy shine in their lifts,

To banish strife and care.

And while the moon jinks through the sky,

As onward flows the Clyde,

In praise well raise our voices high,

For Neilson and his bride.

 

Im bidding you good-bye he says,

But Ill be firm and true;

Though dark the nights and long the days,

I have come back to you.