Now, Kitty O'Hea, darling jewel, I wish you'd consider my case! O, who could believe you're so cruel To look in that beautiful face? Let roses be jealous, -- no matter! The sunshine's in love with your cheek; What singing-bird wouldn't I flatter To say it's her voice when you speak? Kitty O'Hea, O'Hea, Kitty, give ear to my song. Kitty O'Hea, O'Hea, Kitty, I'm courting you long. My thoughts I can never keep steady, No more nor a man in a dream, They caper like straws in an eddy, In place of pursuing the stream. Amusement or meat 1 don't care for, I moan like a cow gone astray; Myself knows the why and the wherefore, -- I'm thinking of Kitty O'Hea. Kitty O'Hea, O'Hea, etc. I never objected, in reason, To bear with a slight or a scoff, But snow isn't always in season, And Lent isn't very far off. Shrove-Tuesday's the time for to shake one, And single I'll not pass the day, Young, old, maid or widow, I'll take one, -- So mind yourself, Kitty O'Hea ! Kitty O'Hea, O'Hea, Kitty, give heed to my song. Kitty O'Hea, O'Hea, Kitty, I'm courting too long !
- by William Allingham (1824 - 1889), "Kitty O'Hea", appears in Irish Songs and Poems, first published 1887 [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
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- by Alicia Adélaïda Needham (1863 - 1945), "Kitty O'Hea", published 1902 [voice and piano], from Twelve Lyrics for Lovers [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
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