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16-Jul-99 - 04:07 AM
Thread Name: Tune Add: Patrick Was a Gentleman
Subject: RE: New Tune/Lyr Req; Patrick Was a Gentleman
According to Helen K. Johnson's 'Our Familiar Songs, and Those That Made Them', 1881 (with considerably better notes than in most books of that ilk). The song originally consisted of 3 stanzas written by Henry Bennett and a Mr. Toleken of Cork, in 1814, and they sang alternate lines of it in a mmasquerade. Mr. Toleken slightly later added another stanza, and 2 stanzas are of unknown origin (but are obviously early ones). (Commencement of verses follows; numbers are those in her text)

Joint:
1: Saint Patrick was a gentleman
2: There's not a mile in Ireland's isle
5: The Wicklow hills are very high

Toleken's:
6: Oh! was I but fortunate

Unknown origin:
3: Nine hundred thousand vipers
4: No wonder that those Irish lads