My Dear Irish Boy

DESCRIPTION: "My Connor, his cheeks are as ruddy as morning...." The girl describes her love. But "The wars are all over, and lonely I've waited, I fear that some envious plot has been laid." Though hope is almost lost, she wanders to look for her "dear Irish boy"
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: before 1863 (broadside, Bodleian Harding B 11(157))
KEYWORDS: love separation soldier rambling
FOUND IN: Ireland
REFERENCES (3 citations):
Henry/Huntingdon/Herrmann-SamHenrysSongsOfThePeople H142, p. 294, "My [The] Dear Irish Boy" (1 text, 1 tune)
O'Conor-OldTimeSongsAndBalladOfIreland, p. 57, "The Dear Irish Boy" (1 text)
Hylands-Mammoth-Hibernian-Songster, p. 56, "The Dear Irish Boy" (1 text); compare p. 152, "Connor, the Fisherman" (1 text, starting, "My Connor is a fisher bold, He likes the life so free"; Roud #V25191)

Roud #1555
Bodleian, Harding B 11(157), "Dear Irish Boy," H. Such (London), 1849-1862; also Harding B 11(1219), Harding B 11(819), Harding B 11(2269), Firth c.26(168), 2806 b.11(185), Harding B 26(121), "[The] Dear Irish Boy"
LOCSinging, as101620, "The Dear Irish Boy," H. De Marsan (New York), 1861-1864

The Wife's Lament, A New Temperance Song ("My Connor was loving, gentle and kind," by Archibald Scott) (Wolf-AmericanSongSheets, p. 179)
The Dear Irish Maid
NOTES [33 words]: Broadside LOCSinging as101620: H. De Marsan dating per Studying Nineteenth-Century Popular Song by Paul Charosh in American Music, Winter 1997, Vol 15.4, Table 1, available at FindArticles site. - BS
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