CELT document E850004-016

Oh! The Marriage

Thomas Osborne Davis

Edited by T. W. Rolleston

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    Oh! The Marriage

    Air—The Swaggering Jig

  1. Oh! the marriage, the marriage,
    With love and mo bhuachaill for me,
    The ladies that ride in a carriage
    Might envy my marriage to me;
    For Eoghan 1 is straight as a tower,
    And tender, and loving, and true;
    He told me more love in an hour
    Than the Squires of the county could do.
    Then, Oh! the marriage, etc.
  2. His hair is a shower of soft gold,
    His eye is as clear as the day,
    His conscience and vote were unsold
    When others were carried away;
    His word is as good as an oath,
    And freely 'twas given to me;
    Oh! sure, 'twill be happy for both
    The day of our marriage to see.
    Then, Oh! the marriage, etc.
  3. His kinsmen are honest and kind,
    The neighbours think much of his skill,
    And Eoghan's the lad to my mind,
    Though he owns neither castle nor mill.
    But he has a tilloch of land,
    A horse, and a stocking of coin,
    A foot for a dance, and a hand
    In the cause of his country to join.
    Then, Oh! the marriage, etc.
  4.  p.363
  5. We meet in the market and fair—
    We meet in the morning and night—
    He sits on the half of my chair,
    And my people are wild with delight;
    Yet I long through the winter to skim,
    Though Eoghan longs more I can see,
    When I will be married to him,
    And he will be married to me.
    Then, Oh! the marriage, the marriage,
    With love and mo bhuachaill for me,
    The ladies that ride in a carriage,
    Might envy my marriage to me.

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Title (uniform): Oh! The Marriage

Author: Thomas Osborne Davis

Editor: T. W. Rolleston

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  • First published in the Nation(?).

Other writings by Thomas Davis

  1. Thomas Davis, Essays Literary and Historical, ed. by D. J. O'Donoghue, Dundalk 1914.
  2. Sir Charles Gavan Duffy (ed.), Thomas Davis, the memoirs of an Irish patriot, 1840-1846. 1890. [Reprinted entitled 'Thomas Davis' with an introduction of Brendan Clifford. Millstreet, Aubane Historical Society, 2000.]
  3. Thomas Davis: selections from his prose and poetry. [Edited] with an introduction by T. W. Rolleston. London and Leipzig: T. Fisher Unwin (Every Irishman's Library). 1910. [Published in Dublin by the Talbot press, 1914.]
  4. Thomas Osborne Davis, Literary and historical essays 1846. Reprinted 1998, Washington, DC: Woodstock Books.
  5. Essays of Thomas Davis. New York, Lemma Pub. Corp. 1974, 1914 [Reprint of the 1914 ed. published by W. Tempest, Dundalk, Ireland, under the title 'Essays literary and historical'.]
  6. Thomas Davis: essays and poems, with a centenary memoir, 1845-1945. Dublin, M.H. Gill and Son, 1945. [Foreword by an Taoiseach, Éamon de Valera.]
  7. Angela Clifford, Godless colleges and mixed education in Ireland: extracts from speeches and writings of Thomas Wyse, Daniel O'Connell, Thomas Davis, Charles Gavan Duffy, Frank Hugh O'Donnell and others. Belfast: Athol, 1992.

Davis, Thomas Osborne (1910). ‘Oh! The Marriage’. In: Thomas Davis: Selections from his prose and poetry‍. Ed. by T. W. Rolleston. Dublin and London: The Talbot Press, p. 362.

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  date 	 = {1910},
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Creation: by Thomas Davis

Date: 1840s

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Keywords: literary; poetry; 19c

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