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The World’s Wit and Humor: An Encyclopedia in 15 Volumes.  1906.
Vols. VI–IX: British
 
Lanty Leary
By Samuel Lover (1797–1868)
 
LANTY was in love, you see,
  With lovely, lively Rosie Carey;
But her father can’t agree
  To give the girl to Lanty Leary.
Up to fun, “Away we’ll run,”        5
  Says she; “my father’s so conthrairy.
Won’t you follow me? Won’t you follow me?”
  “Faith, I will!” says Lanty Leary.
 
But her father died one day
  (I hear ’twas not by dhrinkin’ wather);        10
House and land and cash, they say,
  He left by will to Rose his daughter;
House and land and cash to seize,
  Away she cut so light and airy.
“Won’t you follow me? Won’t you follow me?”        15
  “Faith, I will!” says Lanty Leary.
 
Rose, herself, was taken bad,
  The fayver worse each day was growin’;
“Lanty, dear,” says she, “’tis sad,
  To th’ other world I’m surely goin’.        20
You can’t survive my loss, I know,
  Nor long remain in Tipperary.
Won’t you follow me? Won’t you follow me?”
  “Faith, I won’t!” says Lanty Leary.
 
 
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