“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)
Keywords: virtue beauty gold Ireland patriotic knight


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



  1. O'Conor, p. 111, "Rich and Rare Were The Gems She Wore" (1 text)
  2. BI, OCon111