Familiar Songs - Their Authors & Histories

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Ochone! by the man in the moon,
You taze me always
That a woman can plaze, For you dance twice as high with that thief, Pat
Magee, As when you take share of a jig, dear, with me.
Tho' the piper I bate,
For fear the old chate, Wouldn't play you your favorite tune.
And when you're at mass,
My devotion you crass,
For 'tis thinking of you
I am, Molly Carew. While you wear, on purpose, a bonnet so deep That I.can't at your sweet, purty face get a peep.
Och, lave off that bonnet,
Or else I'll lave on it,
The loss of my wandhering sowl!
Ochone! weirasthru!
Ochone! like an owl,
Day is night, dear, to me without you!
Ochone! don't provoke me to do it; For there's girls by the score That loves me — and more : And you'd look mighty quare if some morning
you'd meet, My wedding all marching in pride down the street. Troth, you'd open your eyes, And you'd die with surprise, To think 'twasn't you was come to it: And faith, Katty Naile, And her cow, I go bail, Would jump if I'd say, " Katty Naile, name the day." And tho' you're fresh and fair as a morning in May, While she's short and dark, like a cowld winter's day,
Yet, if you don't repent Before Easter, when Lent Is over I'll marry for spite. Ochone! weirasthru! And when I die for you, My ghost will haunt you every night I
This song is a fine illustration of the immortality of a melody, whatever the words-may be to which we are obliged to hum it. These words are a modern version of a song that appeared in 1698, called " Within a furlong of Edinburgh town," supposed to have been written by Thomas D'Urfey, an English dramatist and musician, born in 1649. He performed his own music before Charles II., James, William and Mary, Queen Anne, and George, Prince of Denmark. He died in 1723.
The present striking air was composed by James Hook, father of Theodore Hook. James Hook was born in Norwich, England, in 1746. He received his first musical instruction there, and threw himself into the profession with an enthusiastic devotion which won him popularity. Besides sonatas, concertos, and other musical works, he is said to have composed two thousand song melodies, of which his English ballads were remarkably successful. He wrote many comic operas. He died in 1827.