Four Green Fields

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Four Green Fields

What did I have? Said the fine old woman

What did I have? This proud old woman did say

I had four green fields, each one was a jewel

    but strangers came and tried to take them from me.

I had fine strong, sons, they fought to save my jewels.

They fought and died and that was my grief said she.

Long time ago, said the fine old woman

Long time ago, this proud old woman did say

There was war and death, plundering and pillage

    My children starved by mountain, valley and sea

And their wailing cries, they shook the very heavens

My four green fields ran red with their blood said she.

What have I now? said the fine old woman

What have I now? this proud old woman did say

I have four green fields, one of them’s in bondage

    in strangers’ hands, who tried to take it from me

But my sons have sons, brave as were their fathers

My four green fields will bloom once again, said she. 

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