Familiar Songs - Their Authors & Histories

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Maid of Athens, ere we part, Give, oh give me back my heart! Or, since that has left my breast, Keep it now, and take the rest ? Hear my vow before I go, Zd)tj (too ads; ayaTtfi).
By those tresses, unconfined, Wooed by each jEgean wind; By those lids whose jetty fringe Kiss thy soft cheek's blooming tinge; By those wild eyes, like the roe, Zdxtj fiou ads dyaxw.
By that lip I long to taste; By that zone-encircled waist; By all the token-flowers that tell What words can never speak so well; By love's alternate joy and woe, Zd)7j fiou adq dyairm.
Maid of Athens ! I am gone : Think of me, sweet! when alone. Though I fly to Istambol, Athens holds my heart and soul; Can I cease to love thee ? No 1 Zd>7) fiou adq ayazw.
Thomas Percy, author of " Nannie, wilt Thou Gang wi' Me," was born at Bridgenorth, Shropshire, England, April 13, 1728. He became ch/.plain-in-ordinary to the king, and afterward Bishop of Dromore, in the county Down, i-eland. His greatest literary work was the "Keliques of English Poetry." He gathered estrays with infinite pains, and touched up all those which had hopelessly missing lines and other blemishes. He became totally blind, and died at Dromore, September 30, 1811.
Thomas Carter, who composed the air of " Nannie, wilt Thou Gang wi' Me," was born in Ireland in 1768. He received his musical education in Italy, and was a singer, pianist, and composer. Once, being terribly cramped for money, he set Handel's signature upon a manuscript of his own, and sold it for a large sum. The piece still passes as a genuĀ­ine production of the great musician's. Carter died in 1804.