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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed. The Book of Georgian Verse. 1909.

Kate of Garnavilla

Edward Lysaght (1765–1814)

HAVE you been at Garnavilla?

Have you seen at Garnavilla

Beauty’s train trip o’er the plain

With lovely Kate of Garnavilla?

Oh! she’s pure as virgin snows

Ere they light on woodland hill-O;

Sweet as dew-drop on wild rose

Is lovely Kate of Garnavilla!

Philomel, I’ve listened oft

To thy lay, nigh weeping willow:

Oh! the strain more sweet, more soft,

That flows from Kate of Garnavilla.
Have you been, etc.

As a noble ship I’ve seen

Sailing o’er the swelling billow,

So I’ve marked the graceful mien

Of lovely Kate of Garnavilla.
Have you been, etc.

If poets’ prayers can banish cares,

No cares shall come to Garnavilla;

Joy’s bright rays shall gild her days,

And dove-like peace perch on her pillow.

Charming maid of Garnavilla!

Lovely maid of Garnavilla!

Beauty, grace, and virtue wait

On lovely Kate of Garnavilla.