The Rose of Tralee Lyrics – Free PDF for Printouts

If you’ve been looking for The Rose of Tralee lyrics, especially if you’d like to print them out, then you’re on the right page!

“The Rose of Tralee” is a beautiful Irish ballad from the nineteenth century. The lyrics were written by William Pembroke Mulchinock, originally published as a poem under the title Smile Mary My Darling, in 1846. The poem was then adapted to the ballad we all know today as The Rose of Tralee with music composed by Charles William Glover.

The song praises the unique beauty and fairness of a woman called Mary. As evidence shows, the poet had indeed fallen in love with a Mary O’Connor who was working as a maid to his family, but this love story was unfortunate and the couple never turned out to be together. The ballad has inspired the Rose of Tralee festival that has been held in Tralee annually since 1959.

On this page you’ll find the lyrics of the song and you can download a printable PDF file with lyrics for free! You can also watch a sing-along video. Enjoy!

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Printable The Rose of Tralee Lyrics PDF

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The Rose of Tralee lyrics printable PDF

The Rose of Tralee Lyrics

The pale moon was rising above the green mountains,
The sun was declining beneath the blue sea;
When I strayed with my love to the pure crystal fountain,
That stands in the beautiful Vale of Tralee.

She was lovely and fair as the rose of the summer,
Yet ’twas not her beauty alone that won me;
Oh no, ’twas the truth in her eyes ever dawning,
That made me love Mary, the Rose of Tralee.

The cool shades of evening their mantle were spreading,
And Mary all smiling was listening to me;
The moon through the valley her pale rays was shedding,
When I won the heart of the Rose of Tralee.

She was lovely and fair as the rose of the summer,
Yet ’twas not her beauty alone that won me;
Oh no, ’twas the truth in her eyes ever dawning,
That made me love Mary, the Rose of Tralee.

In the far fields of India ‘mid war’s bloody thunders,
Her voice was solace and comfort to me,
But the cool hand of death has now torn us asunder,
I’m lonely tonight for my Rose of Tralee.

She was lovely and fair as the rose of the summer,
Yet ’twas not her beauty alone that won me;
Oh no, ’twas the truth in her eyes ever dawning,
That made me love Mary, the Rose of Tralee.

She was lovely and fair as the rose of the summer,
Yet ’twas not her beauty alone that won me;
Oh no, ’twas the truth in her eyes ever dawning,
That made me love Mary, the Rose of Tralee.

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