Dying Rebel, The
DESCRIPTION: Singer finds a wounded man dying. He asks to be given last rites. He has been deceived by the French and betrayed by a friend. His wife and brother are dead, his children alone. Unwittingly, he caused his landlord's death at pikemen's hands. He dies
AUTHOR: William Ball (source: Moylan)
EARLIEST DATE: "shortly after 1798" (according to Moylan)
KEYWORDS: betrayal rebellion death France Ireland injury family
1798 - Irish rebellion against British rule
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Moylan 138, "The Dying Rebel" (1 text)
NOTES: William Ball was a writer of humorous verse about Irish history; in this index, see "Cockledemoy (The French Invasion)," "Do as They Do in France," "The Dying Rebel," "Faithless Boney (The Croppies' Complaint)" -- though he doesn't seem to have made much impression on the wider world of literature; I have been unable to find any of his writings in any of my literary references.
I wonder if this isn't an answer to something like "Betsy Gray." - RBW
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