Sporting Youth, The
DESCRIPTION: The singer asks Mary to go with him to America. She agrees although friends say he would not prove true. "So now we are landed and married we be We will live in contentment and sweet unity"
EARLIEST DATE: before 1821 (broadside, Bodleian 2806 c.17(4) View 2 of 2)
KEYWORDS: courting marriage emigration America Ireland floatingverses
FOUND IN: Ireland
REFERENCES (1 citation):
OLochlainn 47, "The Sporting Youth" (1 text, 1 tune)
Murray, Mu23-y2:013, "The Sporting Youth," The Poet's Box (Glasgow), 19C
Bodleian, 2806 c.17(4) View 2 of 2, "American strander" ("I'm a stranger in this country"), G. Thompson (Liverpool), 1789-1820; also 2806 b.11(278), Harding B 11(3206), Harding B 16(257a), Johnson Ballads 1834, "[The] Sporting Youth"; Harding B 16(6a), "The American Stranger"; Harding B 25(1845)[partly illegible], "The Stranger"
cf. "Colin and Phoebe" (tune, per broadside Bodleian Johnson Ballads 1834)
NOTES: Usually the stranger comes from America; in some cases he comes from Ireland. - BS
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