Hiring of the Servants, The
DESCRIPTION: "The time of the hiring is coming." Working conditions on Irish farms are hard and "not like the day of the good old time." Farmers are warned that Ireland's youth are going to England for better wages; "You must double their wages or give up your land"
AUTHOR: Patrick O'Sullivan (source: broadside Bodleian 2806 c.8(218))
EARLIEST DATE: 1976 (recording, Jamesy McCarthy)
KEYWORDS: farming England Ireland nonballad
FOUND IN: Ireland
Jamesy McCarthy, "Come To the Hiring" (on Voice20)
Bodleian, 2806 c.8(218), "The Hiring of the Servants" ("Young men and maidens draw near for awhile"), unknown, n.d.
cf. "Spailpin Fanac" and references there
cf. "The Hiring Fairs of Ulster" (subject)
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