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THE LASS 0' GOWRIE.
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HAD I A HEART FOR FALSEHOOD FRAMED.
Richard Brinsley Sheridan, dramatist, orator, wit, and poet, is author of the song which follows. His eventful history is as well known as his " School for Scandal," and "Rivals." He was born in Dublin, Ireland, in September, 1751, but was educated at Har­row, England, and always remained in that country. His first wife was Miss Linley, a beautiful singer, and he fought two duels on her account, with a disappointed rival. Sheri­dan died July 7, 1816.
The song " Had I a Heart for Falsehood framed" is contained in " The Duenna," a comic opera, which had a great run. Moore says of the song: " These verses, notwith­standing the stiffness of the word ' framed/ and one or two slight blemishes, are not un­worthy of living in recollection with the matchless air to which they are adapted." The air is " Grammachree," to which Moore wrote " The Harp that once through Tara's Halls."








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