Familiar Songs - Their Authors & Histories

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For you sae douce, wha sneer at this, Ye're naught but senseless asses, O !
The wisest man the warl' e'er saw, He dearly lo'ed the lasses, O.
Green grow the rashes, O ! etc.
Auld Nature swears the lovely dears Her noblest works she classes, O !
Her 'prentice han' she tried on man, An' then she made the lasses, O.
Green grow the rashes, O I etc.
The words of this song are by Samuel Lover, who says they were " suggested by one of Carolan's finest bursts of melody, entitled, ' Planxty Eeilly/ and its capricious measure may be guessed at by the unusual length and variety of the following metres." Lover adds: " The intensely Irish character of the air, stimulated me to endeavor that the words should partake of that quality, and the rapid replication of musical phrases made me strain after as rapid a ringing of rhyme, of which our early bards were so fond." " Weirasthru!" is an appeal to the Virgin,—" 0 Mary, have pity!" Francis Mahony (" Father Prout") trans­lated this song into Latin.