Familiar Songs - Their Authors & Histories

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The Wicklow hills are very high, and so's the
hill of Howth, sir, But there's a hill much higher still, ay, higher
than them both, sir; 'Twas on the top of this high hill St. Patrick
preached the sarment, He drove the frogs into the bogs, and bother'd
all the varment.
Then success, etc.
Oh! was I but so fortunate as to be back in Munster,
' Tis 111 be bound that from that ground I never more would once stir.
For there St, Patrick planted turf, and plenty of the praties,
With pigs galore, ma gra, ma 'store, and cab­bages — and ladies!
Then success, etc.
This song first appeared in Walsh's " British Miscellany," about 1740. It was, except the first two verses, which are Fielding's, written and composed by Kichard Leveridge, one of the most famous of English singers. The country and parentage of Leveridge are unknown. About 1726, be opened a coffee-house in London, which was a popular resort for the hail-fellows of his time. He had a bass voice of wonderful compass and power, and composed song melodies which became immense favorites. He also composed opera music, and published two pocket volumes of songs ; but his great work is the music in the