I once loved a lass

I once loved a lass, loved her so well.
And hated all others who spoke of her ill.
And now she's rewarded me well for my love,
she's gone to be wed to another.

I saw my love up to the church door.
Bridesgroom and bridesmaidens, they made a fine show.
I followed on with my heart full of woe.
She's gone to be wed to another.

I saw my love as she sat down to dine.
I sat down beside her and poured out the wine.
I thought of a Lassie that should have been mine.
She's gone to be wed to another.

The men in your forest, they asked of me.
How many strawberries grow in the salt sea.
I answered them with a tear in my eye.
How many ships sail in the forest.

Dig me a grave and dig it so deep.
Cover it over with wee flowers so sweet.
And I'll lay me down to take a long sleep
And may be in time I'll forget her.