“The Lisburn Lass”


Henry loves a Lisburn Lass. Her parents' disapproval forces him to enlist for India. She offers to go with him. He says "All by my foes I am here cut down For loving a maiden in Lisburn town." He leaves her but promises to steal her if he returns.


Broadside Bodleian Harding B 26(530) is the basis for the description.

Notes to IRHardySons: "Lisburn is in County Antrim, southwest of Belfast."

Broadside Bodleian Harding B 26(530) includes these lines: "For to tell her name I don't intend For fear I might insult her friends But you all know her well, the truth I lay down, For her dwelling lies in Lisburn Town" - BS

Cross references


  • Bodleian, Harding B 26(530), "The Pride of Lisburn" ("You boys and girls where'er you be"), Haly (Cork), 19C


  • Mary Anne Connelly, "The Lisburn Lass" (on IRHardySons)


  1. Roud #5694
  2. BI, RcLisLas


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1980 (Mary Anne Connelly on IRHardySons); 19C (broadside, Bodleian Harding B 26(530))
Found in: Ireland