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Racy Tune from the 18th Century – Oh MYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY

Screen Shot 2017-02-06 at 1.27.12 PMRecently, I spoke with archeologist and historian Damian Shiels for the Rogue Historian podcast. We had a great talk – mostly about Irish immigration in the 19th century and about Irish in the American Civil War. Good stuff. But something came up when we were discussing odd things one might find in the archives. Damian mentioned a previously unpublished song that was loaded with – shall we say – bawdy lyrics.

I asked to publish the song here…how could I resist. Read if you will…and try not to blush…just watch out for the Shilealy.

‘A New Song’

Murtagh O’Blany & Jenny O’Donely

Both went together to thresh in the barn

He laid her down and her so bonnily

Arra says he but I’ll do you no harm

O but says Jenny I fear you’ll be In me

And what if I am I’ll do you no harm

O Murtagh be easy I faint

Be quiet my Jewel my door

For by St. Patrick our Saint

I’ll give you no reason to fear

Then with a look so engaging and gently

He to her bosom his hand did apply

Both her snowy mountains he tousled so daintily

That with her passion caused many a sigh

O But says Jenny I fear you’ll be in me

By Jesus says he if I don’t I shall die

O’ Murtagh be easy I pray

Do prithy be gone from my sight

By Jesus my virtue’l give way

I’m lost in a flood of delight

He then beholding her eyelids thus quivering

Scarcely from pity his heart could refrain

Fearing to anger her he stood a wavering

But was resolved to attack her again

Then Mr. Blaney pulled out his Shilealy

A weapon he ne’er show’d a woman In vain

Staring she lift up her eyes

And gently she rear’d up her head

What is it O Murtagh she cries

That looms so stately and red

Sweet one says Murtagh I’ll show you the use of it

Gently fall backwards your legs open wide

No girl in Munster to big it as you so fitt

It with your hand you’d vouchsafe it to guide

Then Miss O’Donnely strok’d it so bonnily

Arrah says she but I’ll down with your pride

Then closing with eager embrace

They soon reach’d the end of their joy

Jenny now alter’d her gaze

No longer was she squeamish and Coy

With sweet raptures and soft dying murmurings

Lifeless they lay as it was in a trance

Eager he drove but could drive it no further in

Jenny had shiver’d the lance

Oh what’s that says Jenny

Felt so warm in me

That makes all my bowels to prance

‘Tis loves luscious Balsom my dear

Says Murtagh the tulip of life

A cordial that banishes care

Curd cures the worst scold of a wife’

Wow. Original available at

National Library of Ireland MS. 3240: ‘Notebook of an Irish Ensign Gilbert King serving with the British Forces in Canada & Containing Personal Accounts, Copies of letters & two songs, 1761-68.’


With compliments,








What You’ve Been Missing…

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Greetings all!

I am currently putting the final touches on the October 2014 issue of The Americanist Independent. For those of you who have yet to subscribe, you have been missing quite a bit. My idea behind the journal and website is to join the very best aspects of historical publishing with the ease and connectivity of blogging and social media. So far the project has been a tremendous success – so why not be a part of it?

So in addition to the community forum, the video component, and the much celebrated Student Portal, here’s what you’ve been missing – below is a comprehensive table of contents for the first four issues. Looks pretty damn good, right? And all for $4.97 a month, which is less than a burger and fries (and way better for you).

And just to prove that I am a generous fellow, click HERE and you can have a week’s full access gratis! Enjoy with my compliments.


Volume One, Issue One

Explorations in Visualizing the Irish of the American Civil War
Damian Shiels

The American Slave: A Database
An Examination of the Methodology and Results of
Digitizing the Slave Narrative Collection
Keith D. McCall

Those Gals Had it Easy:
The Conspicuously Untroubled Lives of Boydton Virginia’s Reconstruction Belles
Samantha L. Upton

RockinThruHistory: Learning History One Song at a Time
Damien Drago

Volume One, Issue Two

Chasing after the Daughter of the Lost Cause
Heath Hardage Lee

The North Carolina Confederate Pensions, Past and Present
Aaron M. Cusick

The Civil War Institute Annual Conference at Gettysburg College: CWI2014 Reviewed
Evan Clapsaddle, Albert Mackey, Ray Ortensie, and Marilyn E. Jess

Harristorian Archives: The Pennsylvania Report on the 50th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg

Volume One, Issue Three

A Checkbook is an Autobiography: the Case of Henry Clay Folger (1857–1930)
Stephen H. Grant

The Letters and Writings of Bill Evans, World War II Navy Aviator
Mike Rogers

Recreating the “Good War:” Pride and Pitfalls in WWII Reenacting
Jared Frederick

Controlling Atoms: Evaluating the AEC During the Eisenhower Years, 1952 – 1958
Nick Lacasse

Volume One, Issue Four

Creating Veteran Identity for Women within the Veterans Administration
Amy Rebecca Jacobs

Selling Mr. Consumer: Forming Male Consumer Identity
Nick Lacasse

The Tide of Domesticity: A Study of Gender, Environment, and Florida’s Indian River Culture -1870 and 1890
Dara R Vance

Every Piece of This War is Man’s Bullshit: The Women of Cold Mountain, a Film Review Essay by M. Keith Harris


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