Praises of Limerick, The
DESCRIPTION: Limerick "for true generosity, honour, fidelity ... one of us is worth ten of you [from nearby towns]." Our shopkeepers "charge us extravagant" but never "more than his conscience should bear." Our proper wives are "so dressy, so flirtish, so talkative"
AUTHOR: Dr MacDonnell (source: Croker-PopularSongs)
EARLIEST DATE: 1793 (_Anthologia Hibernica_, according to Croker-PopularSongs)
KEYWORDS: humorous nonballad
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Croker-PopularSongs, pp. 228-230, "The Praises of Limerick" (1 text)
cf. "My Name is Molly Macky" (tune, according to Croker-PopularSongs)
NOTES: Croker-PopularSongs quoting the Memoirs of Sir James Campbell notes that MacDonnell's satirical song was not taken well in Limerick and "the young doctor was fain to make his escape in the night time, and never return." - BS
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