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|There is another version of the lyrics at Eamonn of the Hill.
The hero, "Ned" is Edmund Ryan, an Irish earl born in County Tipperary. After James II's defeat at the Battle of the Boyne, Ryan's estates were confiscated and he was outlawed.
Oh dark is the evening and silent the hour
Oh who is that minstrel by yon shady tower
Whose harp is so tenderly touching with skill
Oh who could it be but young Ned of the Hill
And he sings, "Lady love, will you come with me now
Come and live merrily under the bough
I'll pillow your head where the light fairies tread
If you will but wed with young Ned of the Hill"
Young Ned of the Hill has no castle or hall
No bowmen or spearmen to come at his call
But one little archer of exquisite skill
Has loosed a bright shaft for young Ned of the Hill
It is hard to escape to this young lady's bower
For high is the castle and guarded the tower
But where there's a will there's always a way
And young Eileen is gone with young Ned of the Hill
which, in spite of the cheesy title turns out to be a FANTASTIC collection of traditional tunes.
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