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TEDDY O'MONAGHAN'S COURTSHIP.
I FIRST Courted Judy Magrah at her mother's,
She had two fine black eyes and she gave me two others,
When swate Peggy Nolan stole from her the heart of me,
And vowed, all for love, Judy should have no part of me.
When tall Katty caught me, Peg 'gan to pout at that,
But Katty cried: Peggy, you cratur, come out o' that!
Yet cut out was Katty by Shelah O'Donaghan-
The cratur's now mad after Teddy O'Monaghan.
Whack row de row, etc.
Then Molly Maloney she threw a sheep's eye at me
Which made Biddy Byrne most voraciously fly at me;
Teddy, said she, I've the vows had before you!
Said I: For me, dying in love there's a score of you,
But I am not the grand Turk, so, I only can marry one.
Said she: That's myself-oh! (said I) dot and carry one;
Biddy, my darling, you tricked Pat O'Ronaghan,
But your capers won't carry with Teddy OMonaghan.
SONGS AND BALLADS OF IRELAND.
KATE OF KILLASHEE.-Continued. How bright her blushing glances of love whene'er we met,
Like rainbow tints upon the rose with dew of morning wet,
And bright the love-light shining from her eyes of hazel brown
Oh! she's the star of Leinster, the pride of Longford town.
Fair Kate, 'tis mine to wander afar from Erin's strand
Alone beside the Hudson's wave, within the strangers' land;
But backward ever flies my heart to home and
love and thee
To Longford's pleasant valleys and the Rose of Killashee.
Of late I'm captivated by a handsome young
I'm daily complaining for my own darling
THE WEDDING OF BALLYPOREEN.
DESCEND, ye chaste nine, to a true Irish bard,
You're old maids, to be sure, but he sends you a card,
To beg you'll assist a poor musical elf,
With a song ready-made, he'll compose it himself;
About maids, boys, a priest, and a wedding,
With a crowd you could scarce thrust your head in;
A supper, good cheer, and a bedding, which happened at Bally-
I'll be roving all day until night does come on,
And I'll be shaded by the green leaves of the
Next fair day I'll get a fairing from my hand-
some young man,
Twenty bright kisses from my own darling
Confuse them, consume them that say I'm not
Through green groves and lofty mountains I'll
rove with you.
'Twas a fine summer's morn, about twelve in the day,
All the birds fell to sing, all the asses to bray,
When Patrick, the bridegroom, and Oonagh, the bride,
In their best bibs and tuckers, set off, side by side.
O, the pipers play'd first in the rear, sir,
The maids blushed, the bridesmen did swear, sir;
O, Lord! how the spalleens did stare, sir, at this wedding of
My love is far fairer than a fine summer day,
His breath is far sweeter than the new mown
His hair shines like gold when exposed to the
They were soon tacked together, and home did return,
To make merry the day at the sign of the churn;
When they sat down together, a frolicsome troop,
O, the banks of old Shannon ne'er saw such a group.
There were turf-cutters, threshers, and tailors,
With harpers, and pipers, and nailors,
And pedlers, and smugglers, and sailors, assembled at Ballyporeen.
He is fair as the blossom of the Drinane Dhun.
My love his is going to cross over the main,
May the Lord send him safe to his virtuous
He is gone and he's left me in grief for to tell,
O'er the green hills and lofty mountains be-
tween us to dwell.
I wish I had a small boat on the ocean to float,
There was Bryan MacDermot and Shaughnessy's brat,
With Terence and Triscol, and platter-faced Pat;
There was Norah Macormic and Bryan O'Lynn,
And the fat, red-haired cook-maid, who lives at the inn.
There was Shelah, and Larry, the genius,
With Pat's uncle, old Derby Dennis;
Black Thady and crooked Macgennis, assembled at Ballyporeen.
I'd follow my darling wherever he did resort; I'd sooner have my true love to roll, sport and play,
Than all the golden treasure by land or by
I'm patiently waiting for my true love's return,
And for his long absence I'l ne'er cease to
Now the bridegroom sat down to make an oration,
And he charmed all their souls with his kind botheration;
They were welcome, he said, and he swore, and he cursed,
They might eat till they swelled, and might drink till they burst.
The first christening I have, if I thrive, sirs,
I hope you all hither will drive, sirs;
You'll be welcome all, dead or alive, sirs, to the christening at
Then the bride she got up to make a low bow,
But she twittered, and felt so-she could not tell how-
She blushed and she stammered-the few words she let fall,
She whispered so low that she bothered them all.
But her mother cried: "What, are you dead, child?
O, for shame of you, hold up your head, child;
Though sixty, I wish I was wed, child, oh, I'd rattle all Bally-
Now they sat down to meat-Father Murphy said grace,
Smoking hot were the dishes, and eager each face;
The knives and forks rattled, spoons and platters did play,
And they elbowed and jostled, and wollopd away.
Rumps, chines, and fat sirloins did groan, sirs,
Whole mountains of beef were cut down, sirs;
They demolished all to the bare bone, sirs, at this wedding at
There was bacon and greens, but the turkey was spoiled,
Potatoes dressed both ways, both roasted and boiled;
Hog's puddings, red herrings-the priest got the snipe,
Culcannon pies, dumpling, cod, cow-heel and tripe.
Then they ate till they could eat no more, sirs,
And the whisky come pouring galore, sirs;
Such piping, such figuring and dancing, was ne'er known at Bally
THE WEDDING OF BALLYPOREEN.-Continued.
Now the whisky went round, and the songsters did roar,
"Paddy O'Kelly," Nell sung "Molly Asthore;
Till a motion was made that their songs they'd forsake,
And each lad take his sweetheart, their trotters to shake.
Then the piper and couples advancing,
Pumps, brogues, and bare feet fell a-prancing;
Such piping, such figuring and dancing, was ne'er known at Ballp- She smiles like the evening, but he like the
Bryan O'Lynn had no breeches to wear,
He got a sheep skin for to make him a pair;
With the fleshy side out, and the woolly side in-
"Whoo! they're pleasant and cool," says Bryan O’Lynn.
Bryan O'Lynn had no shirt to his back,
He went to a neighbor's and borrowed a sack;
Then he puckered the meal bag up under his chin-
"Whoo! they'll take them for ruffles," says Bryan O'Lynn.
Bryan O'Lynn had no hat to his head,
He stuck on the pot, being up to the dead;
Then he murdered a cod for the sake of its fin-
"Whoo! 'twill pass for a feather," says Bryan O'Lynn.
Bryan O'Lynn was hard up for a coat,
He borrowed a skin of a neighboring goat,
With the horns sticking out from his oxters, and then-
"Whoo! they'll take them for pistols," says Bryan O'Lynn.
Bryan O'Lynn had no stockings to wear,
He bought a rat's skin to make him a pair;
He then drew them over his manly shin-
"Whoo! they're illegant wear," says Bryan O'Lynn.
Bryan O'Lynn had no brogue to his toes,
He hopped in two crab sheils to serve him for those;
Then he split up two oysters that matched ke twins-
"Whoo! they'll shine out like buckles," says Bryan O'Lynn.
Bryan O'Lynn had no watch to put on,
He scooped out a turnip to make him a one;
Then he planted a cricket right under the skin
'Whoo! they'll think it's a ticking," says Bryan O'Lynn.
Bryan O'Lynn to his house had no door,
He'd the sky for a roof, and the bog for a floor;
He'd a way to jump out, and a way to swim in
Whoo! it's very convaynient," says Bryan O'Lynn.
THE scene is beside where the Avonmore flows'Tis the spring of the year, and the day's near its close;
And an old woman sits with a boy on her
Bryan O'Lynn, his wife, and wife's mother,
They all went home o'er the bridge together;
The bridge it broke down, and they all tumbled in--
"Whoo! we'll go home by water," says Bryan O'Lynn.
Her hair is as white as the flax ere it's spun
It is brown as yon tree that is hiding the sun!
Beside the bright river-
The calm, glassy river,
That's sliding and gliding all peacefully on.
Vibrate into song-'tis the Coolun she sings-
The home-sighing Coolun,
The love-breathing Coolun-
The well of all memory's deep-flowing
They think of the bright stream they sat down beside,
When he was a bridegroom and she was his bride;
The pulses of youth seem to throb in the strain
Old faces, long vanished, look kindly again— Kind voices float round them, and grand hills are near,
Their feet have not touched, ah, this many a
And, as ceases the Coolun,
The home-loving Coolun,
Not the air, but their native land faints
on the ear.
Long in silence they weep, with hand clasped in hand
So they sing the sweet Coolun,
The sorrowful Coolun,
That murmurs of both homes-they sing and they sigh.
Then to God send up prayers for the far-off
And while grateful to Him for the blessings
They know 'tis His hand that withholdeth con-
For the Exile and Christian must evermore
For the home upon earth and the home in the Arrah! sweet Judy Flanagan, I'd die for your sakes.
My Judy she's as fair as the flowers on the lea,
She's neat and complete from the nick to the knee;
We met the other night, our hearts to condole,
And I set my Judy down by the old bog hole.
Heaven bless thee, Old Bard, in whose bosom
Emotions that into such melody burst!
Be thy grave ever green!—may the softest of
And brightest of beams nurse its grass and its
Oft, oft, be it moist with the tear-drop of love,
And may angels watch round thee, forever
By the green banks of Shannon I wooed thee, dear Mary,
When the sweet birds were singing in summer's gay pride,
From those green banks I turn now, heart-broken and dreary,
As the sun sets to weep o'er the grave of my bride.
Idly the sweet birds around me are singing;
Summer, like winter, is cheerless to me;
I heed not if snow falls or flow'rets are springing,
For my heart's-light is darkened-my Cushla-mo-chree!
O! bright shone the morning when first as my bride, love,
Thy foot, lik a sunbeam, my threshold cross'd o'er,
And blest on our hearth fell that soft eventide, love,
When first on my bosom thy heart lay, asthore!
Restlessly now, on my lone pillow turning,
Wear the night-watches, still thinking on thee;
And darker than night, breaks the light of the morning,
For my aching eyes find thee not, Cushla-mo-chree!
Impudent Barney, none of your blarney,
Impudent Barney O'Hea.
O, my loved one! my lost one! say, why didst thou leave me
To linger on earth with my heart in the grave!
O! would thy cold arms, love, might ope to receive me
To my rest 'neath the dark boughs that over thee wave.
Still from our once happy dwelling I roam, love,
Evermore seeking, my own bride, for thee;
Ah, Mary! wherever thou art is my home, love,
And I'll soon lie beside thee, my Cushla-mo-chree!
Judy, she blushed, and she hung down her head,
But you are such a rogue, and you are such a rake;
Saying: Barney, you blackguard, I'd like to get wed.
Don't believe it, says I, it is all a mistake.
I'll handle a hook, a shovel, and spade;
To kep you genteel, I'll work at my trade,
And the turf I'll procure, which is better than coal,
Old Bard of the Coolun,
The beautiful Coolun,
That's sobbing, like Eire, with Sorrow and And I'll dig to my knees in the old bog hole.
THE OLD BOG HOLE.
THE pig is in the mire, and the cow is in the grass,
And a man without a woman through this world will sadly pass;
My mother likes the ducks, and the ducks likes the drakes.
Arrah! cushla mavourneen, will you marry me?
Arrah! gramacree mavourneen, will you marry me?
Arrah! cushla mavourneen, will you marry me?
Arrah! would you fancy the bold, bouncing Barney Magee?
Fine children we will have, for you must mind that,
There will be Darby, Judy, Barney, Pat;
There will be Mary, so meek, and Kitty, so bluff,
I will not, says I, nor I won't be content,
And-Stop, stop! she cries, have you not got enough?
Till once I have as many as there's days in Lent;
How the people they will stare when we go for a stroll,
When we are promenading by the old bog hole.
By the hokey, says she, I can scarcely refuse,
For Barney the blarney he knows how to use;
He has bothered my heart with the picture he has drawn,
If I thought I could trust you the job might be done.
Holy murthur! says I, do you doubt what I say,
If I thought I could trust you, I'd swear half a day;
Oh! no, she says, it's of no use at all-
And she gave her consent by the old bog hole.
Your brain is asthray, and faith it's wondher,
Now will you behave yourself, Cormac, I
Take your arm from my waisht-nodo; do you
That's right now; be aisy,-hush! don't begin
But listen,-I think I should now say a
With your blather, and foolin', and nonsinse,
I can't find the manes for to make myself
Sit still now,-don't move,-if you do I'll be
If you want to come 'round here, come dacintly, pray.
You ought to get some one to tache you more
Faith, whin you are married you'll not be so
Aha! buit it's thin you will sit in a corner,
Wid niver a word comin' out of your mouth;
If your wife don't conthrol you I'm greatly
And larrup, and bate you, and bang you
Ha ha! What a figure you'll make-gracious
"But Jove, the great janius, looked down and saw Vanus, and Neptune so heinous pursuing her wild,
And he spoke out in thunder he'd rend him asunder-and sure 'twas no wonder-for tazing his child.
"A star that was flying hard by him espying, he caught with small trying and down let it snap;
It fell quick as winking on Neptune a-sinking, and gave him, I'm thinking, a bit of a rap.
"That star it was dryland, both lowland and highland, and
formed a sweet island, the land of my birth:
Thus plain is the story that, sent down from glory, old Erin
asthore is the gem of the earth!
Upon Erin nately jumped Vanus so stately, but fainted kase lately so hard she was pressed; Which much did bewilder, but, ere it had killed her, her father distilled her a drop of the best.
"That sup was victorious; it made her feel glorious-a little up-
roarious, I fear it might prove-
So how can you blame us that Ireland's so famous for drinking
and beauty, for fighting and love?"
AN IRISH GIRL'S OPINION.
If you don't, 'pon my word I'll be goin' AN Irish girl, and proud of it, a word I'd like to say
About the state of Erin's isle, my native place, to-day;
And those with Irish blood in them will understand me best,
And feel for those poor peasants who are starving in the west-
Rack-rented, oft evicted, and turned out in the snow;
The sky their only shelter, not knowing where to go.
'Tis scenes like these that shake our faith in England and its
Oh! is the good time coming when the land shall be our own!
For John Bull lives in England, Taffy lives in Wales,
Sandy lives in Scotland, and weathers all the gales;
Paddy fights for England, as everybody knows,
Then give to him old Ireland where the shamrock grows.