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Posted By: Lighter
21-May-20 - 06:21 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Saint Patrick Was a Gentleman
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Saint Patrick Was a Gentleman
Croker devotes a couple of pages to "elucidating" the allusions in the song.

It is all very tongue-in-cheek.

The song was a perennial favorite (Roud 13337). The Bodleian has six broadsheet printings between by 1866.

The idea that it could have been truly "impromptu," however, is obviously nonsense.