“Widow Malone”


"Did ye hear of the widow Malone, Ohone? Who lived in the town of Athlone alone?" All the rich men courted her but she was modest and none could see her alone. Lucius O'Brien from Clare boldly kisses her and she agrees to marry.


Broadside LOCSinging sb40549b: H. De Marsan dating per _Studying Nineteenth-Century Popular Song_ by Paul Charosh in American Music, Winter 1997, Vol 15.4, Table 1, available at FindArticles site. - BS

Published by Lever in _Charles O'Malley, the Irish Dragoon_, and published in the twentieth century in Stevenson's _Home Book of Verse_ and Woods's _Treasury of the Familiar._ - RBW


  • Bodleian, 2806 b.11(114), "Widow Malone", The Poet's Box (Glasgow), 1855; also 2806 c.8(175), Harding B 18(744), "Widow Malone"
  • LOCSinging, sb40549b, "Widow Malone", H. De Marsan (New York), 1864-1878


  1. O'Conor, p. 62, "Widow Malone" (1 text)
  2. Roud #15892
  3. BI, OCon062


Author: Charles Lever (1806-1872)
Earliest date: 1855 (broadside, Bodleian 2806 b.11(114))