Familiar Songs - Their Authors & Histories

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For oh ! there are so many things
Recall the past to me ; The breeze upon the sunny hills,
The billows of the sea ; The rosy tint that decks the sky,
Before the sun is set, Aye, every leaf I look upon,
Forbids me to forget.
They tell me she is happy now,
The gayest of the gay ; They hint that she forgets me,
But heed not what they say: Like me, perhaps, she struggles
With each feeling of regret, But if she loves as I have loved,
She never can forget!
Kobert Adair was born in Ireland, about 1715. He was educated as a surgeon, and practised in Dublin; but, being involved in a scandalous affair, was compelled to quit the country, and went to England. Near Holyhead occurred the first of a series of incidents, which finally gave him the title of "the fortunate Irishman." The carriage of a lady of fashion was overturned, and Adair ran to her assistance. Being somewhat hurt, she requested him to travel with her to London, and on their arrival there, she gave him a fee of a hundred guineas, and a general invitation to her house. There he met Lady Caroline Keppel, second daughter of the second Earl of Albemarle, and sister of the celebrated Admiral Keppel.
Lady Caroline is said to have fallen in love with Adair at first sight. Adair promptly followed up his advantange, to the dismay of her family, who tried every possible expedi­ent to break off her attachment. These included several journeys, on one of which, at Bath, she is said to have written the words of this song, and set them to a tune which she had heard him sing. The air is claimed by both the Irish and the Scotch.