Who'd win a heart must learn the art To hide what he's about. When Kate I met, too soon I let My loving secret out. In vain I'd sigh, in vain I'd try Each trick of eye and speech; Advance, retire, neglect, admire, The rogue I could not reach. Then I grew warm and in a storm Against her out I blew, And she stood fast before my blast And raging I withdrew. Then I began a different plan, I went to Rose Maguire, Who'd had her scene with Con Mulqueen, And asked her to conspire. Says she, "Avick, we'll try the trick." And so we shammed sweethearts, Till Con grew vexed and Kate perplexed, So well we played our parts: And when we found them turning round The very way we wanted, Our stratagem we owned to them And got our pardon granted.
- by Alfred Perceval Graves (1846 - 1931) [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
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- by Charles Villiers Stanford, Sir (1852 - 1924), "The stratagem", op. 76 no. 5, published 1901 [voice and piano], from Songs of Erin, no. 5, London, Boosey [text verified 1 time]
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