“The Sporting Youth”


The singer asks Mary to go with him to America. She agrees although friends say he would not prove true. "So now we are landed and married we be We will live in contentment and sweet unity"


Usually the stranger comes from America; in some cases he comes from Ireland. - BS

Cross references

  • cf. "Colin and Phoebe" (tune, per broadside Bodleian Johnson Ballads 1834)


  • Murray, Mu23-y2:013, "The Sporting Youth," The Poet's Box (Glasgow), 19C
  • Bodleian, 2806 c.17(4) View 2 of 2, "American strander" ("I'm a stranger in this country"), G. Thompson (Liverpool), 1789-1820; also 2806 b.11(278), Harding B 11(3206), Harding B 16(257a), Johnson Ballads 1834, "[The] Sporting Youth"; Harding B 16(6a), "The American Stranger"; Harding B 25(1845)[partly illegible], "The Stranger"


  1. OLochlainn 47, "The Sporting Youth" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #3016
  3. BI, OLoc047


Author: unknown
Earliest date: before 1821 (broadside, Bodleian 2806 c.17(4) View 2 of 2)
Found in: Ireland