“Rich and Rare Were The Gems She Wore”
Author: Thomas Moore (1779-1852)
Earliest date: before 1885 (broadside, Bodleian Firth b.28(6a/b) View 6 of 8)
A knight meeting a beautiful lady wearing gems and a gold ring asks why she is not afraid to walk alone in Ireland. She answers: "No son of Erin will offer me harm; For tho' they love woman and golden store, Sir Knight! they love honor and virtue more!"
Not one of Moore's hits; Granger's Index to Poetry doesn't mention a single anthology containing the piece, and I know of no traditional collections. - RBW
- Bodleian, Firth b.28(6a/b) View 6 of 8, "Rich and Rare Were the Gems She Wore", R. March & Co. (London), 1877-1884; also Firth b.26(338), "Rich and Rare Were the Gems She Wore"
- O'Conor, p. 111, "Rich and Rare Were The Gems She Wore" (1 text)
- BI, OCon111