by Sir Alexander Boswell (1775 - 1822)

Judy, lovely, matchless creature
Language: English 
Judy, lovely, matchless creature,
Beauty shines thro'  ev'ry feature,
Like yon light, the  pride of nature,
Thro' the morning dew.
Come, then, to your Patrick's dwelling,
All around the buds are swelling,
Ev'ry little linnet's telling,
'Tis the time to woo.

Dame o' Flyn, sweet Judy's mother,
Would you bid me passion smother!
Sure I'll speak as well's another
Tho' poor Pat O' Doyle.
Love within my breast is teazing,
Where I dumb  'twould be amazing;
Sooner, when the coals are blazing,
Bid your pot not boil.


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

  • by Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827), "Judy, lovely, matchless creature", WoO. 153 (20 Irische Lieder mit Begleitung von Pianoforte, Violine und Violoncello) no. 19, G. 224 no. 19, published 1814/6. [voice, piano, violin, violoncello] [
     text verified 1 time

Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • GER German (Deutsch) [singable] (G. Pertz) , title 1: "Reinste, herrlichste von allen"

Researcher for this text: Ferdinando Albeggiani

Text added to the website: 2005-01-12 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:12
Line count: 16
Word count: 87