“The Irish Stranger”


"I ne'er shall return to Hibernia's bowers.... It grieves me to ponder On the wrongs of thy injured isle... America might yield me some shelter from pain, I'm only lamenting whilst here I remain For the joys that I'll never see more"


Bodleian, 2806 c.17(179),"Irish Stranger" or "Joys That Are Gone", W. Armstrong (Liverpool),1820-1824 may be the earliest for this ballad at Bodleian but is illegible. - BS


  • Bodleian, Harding B 11(1240), "Irish Stranger", J. Catnach (Durham), 1813-1838; also 2806 b.11(219), Harding B 16(334b), Harding B 11(1797), Harding B 11(1631), Harding B 11(1657), Harding B 11(1241), "[The] Irish Stranger"


  1. O'Conor, pp. 111-112, "The Irish Stranger" (1 text)
  2. OLochlainn-More 59, "The Irish Stranger" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Roud #1629?
  4. BI, OCon111


Author: unknown
Earliest date: before 1839 (broadside, Bodleian Harding B 11(1240))
Found in: Ireland