Familiar Songs - Their Authors & Histories

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She says, " My own dear love come home,
My friends are rich and many, Or else, abroad with you I'll roam,
A soldier stout as any; If you'll not come, nor let me go,
I'll think you have resigned me," My heart nigh broke when I answered " No,"
To the girl I left behind me.
For never shall my true love brave
A life of war and toiling, And never as a skulking slave
I'll tread my native soil on; But were it free or to be freed,
The battle's close would find me To Ireland bound, nor message need
From the girl I left behind me.
Thomas Haynes Bayly wrote the words of this song. The air was composed by Alexander Lee, an Irishman, son of Harry Lee, the famous boxer. Alexander resided for many years in London. He was at first a professional singer, but afterwards became success­ively manager ot Drury Lane and other theatres. He realized large sums of money, but finally became very poor, and died in Kensington, in 1849, on the very evening when ;i concert was being given for his benefit. His ballads, which are very numerous, are characterized by great sweetness and simplicity.