DESCRIPTION: "Young Rory O'More courted young Kathleen Bawn." He teases her. She says Mike loves her and dreams of hating Rory. Rory says "drames always go by contraries," After thrashing Dinny Grimes and Jim Duff he asks her to marry. They marry and retire to bed.
AUTHOR: Samuel Lover (1797-1868)
EARLIEST DATE: before 1839 (broadside, Bodleian Harding B 11(3313))
KEYWORDS: courting marriage fight dream
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (4 citations):
GreigDuncan4 770, "Rory o' More" (1 text, 1 tune)
O'Conor, p. 90, "Rory O'More" (1 text)
WolfAmericanSongSheets, #2030, p. 136, "Rory O'More" (2 references)
Winstock, pp. 217-218, "Rory O'More" (1 tune)
Bodleian, Harding B 11(3313), "Rory O'More", J. Catnach (London), 1813-1838; also Firth b.27(136), Harding B 11(1513), Firth c.17(129) [only partly legible], Harding B 11(2596), Harding B 25(72), 2806 b.11(243), Harding B 16(233c), Harding B 11(3312), Firth b.34(212) View 2 of 2, 2806 c.16(297), Johnson Ballads 342, 2806 c.15(328), "Rory O'More"
Too-Ril-Te-Too (The Robin and the Cat) (File: Lins293)
NOTES [107 words]: Since O'Conor omits the fourth(final) stanza broadside Bodleian Harding B 11(3313) was used for the Description.
GreigDuncan4, like O'Conor, omits the broadside's fourth verse. Since, other than that, the text matches the broadside very closely, this may be an example of intentional self-censorship although that fourth verse is mild: they marry and go to bed. - BS
At least one source sub-titles this "Good Omens."
There was an Irish nationalist, Rory O'More, who was a leader of the 1641 rebellion (and a grandfather of Sarsfield, for whom see "After Aughrim's Great Disaster." It doesn't appear he is connected with this song, though. - RBW
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