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144 Songs That Every Child Should Know
This song had much to do with the English revolutionary times of 1688. The words were written in ridicule of the papists, and especially of the Irish. The burden " Lero, lero, lilliburlero" probably was written about 1641. The author of the song boasted that he drove James II from the throne with l< a few verses and a tune." Laurence Sterne refers to this re­markable tune in " Tristram Shandy." Dr. Charles Mackay ascribes the extraordinary refrain " Lero," to druidical origin. He interpreted it thus : "Li! li! Beur! lear-a! Buille na la!" —"Light! light on the sea be­yond the promontory! 'Tis the stroke of the morning." However the song had its origin, it had the most tremendous latter-day significance of any military nonsense song known. Perhaps only the Finnish Hymn Bjorntborgarnes March has stood for so much patriotic madness or belligerence.
Words by Lord Wharton.
Music by Purcell.
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