Familiar Songs - Their Authors & Histories

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Sweet Peggy round her car, sir,
Has strings of ducks and geese, But the scores of hearts she slaughters,
By far outnumber these. While she among her poultry sits,
Just like a turtle dove, Well worth the cage, I do engage,
Of the blooming god of Love.
While she sits in her low-backed car
The lovers come near and far,
And envy the chicken,
That Peggy is pickin',
While she sits in her low-backed car.
I'd rather own that car, sir,
With Peggy by my side, Than a coach-and-four, and gold galore,.
And a lady for my bride; For the lady would sit forninst me,
On a cushion made with taste,— While Peggy would be beside me,
With my arm around her waist.
As we drove in a low-backed car, To be married by Father Maher, Oh! my heart would beat high, At her glance and her sigh, Though it beat in a low-backed carl
Buens calls this song of his " a fragment." Its chorus he caught from an old song. He says: " I do not see that the turn of mind and pursuits of such a one as the above verses decribe—one who spends the hours and thoughts which the vocations of the day can spare, with Ossian, Shakespeare, Thomson, Shenstone, Sterne, &c,—are in the least more inimical to the sacred interests of piety and virtue, then the even lawful bustling and straining after the world's riches and honors."

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