Familiar Songs - Their Authors & Histories

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He mounted his mare, and rade cannilie:
An' rapped at the yett o' Clavers'-ha' Lee.
" Gae tell Mistress Jean to come speedily ben:
She's wanted to speak wi' the Laird o' Cockpen."
Mistress Jean she was makin' the elder-flower
wine — * What brings the Laird here at sic a like time ?" She put aff her apron, an' oo bar silk goun, Her mutch wi' red ribbons, an' gaed awa' doun. •
An' when she came ben, he bowed fu' low;
An' what was his errand he soon let her know.
Amazed was the Laird when the lady said — « Na
An' wi' a laigb curtsie she turned awa'.
Dumbfoundered was he —but nae sigh did he gie'; He mounted his mare, and rade cannilie ; An' aften he thocht, as he gaed through the glen, " She's daft to refuse the Laird o' Cockpen."
And now that the Laird his exit had made, Mistress Jean she reflected on what she had said; "Oh! for ane I'll get better, it's waur I'll get
ten — I was daft to refuse the Laird o' Cockpen."
Neist time that the Laird and his lady were seen, They were gaun arm in arm to the kirk on the
green; Now she sits in the ha' like a weel-tapit hen, But as yet there's nae chickens appear'd at Cockpen
Robert Owenson, whom his daughter calls " as fine a type of an Irish gentleman as Ireland ever sent forth," was an actor, and manager of a theatre in Dublin, in the latter half of the last century. He played in England, and won the daughter of a wealthy Eng­lish gentleman, whose parents never forgave the marriage. The early days of Sidney, daugh­ter of the youthful pair, were spent in scenes of dire poverty; but as soon as she was able, the spirited girl began to plan means for bettering her situation. She became a governess, and soon an authoress. Her story of u The Wild Irish Girl" was immediately and im­mensely popular, and brought her money and reputation. Dr. Charles Morgan, an -Englishman, who is described as "a tall, handsome student—a man of great erudition,