“Terence's Farewell to Kathleen”

Author: Words: Helen Selina Blackwood, Lady Dufferin, Countess Gifford (1807-1867)
Earliest date: before 1860 (broadside, Bodleian Harding B 11(3764))
Keywords: courting separation England nonballad


"So, my Kathleen, you're going to leave me All alone by myself in this place." She is leaving Terence for England. He warns her against the deceitful men. He can't stop her going and when she returns "spaking such beautiful English" he "won't know" her


Broadside LOCSinging as113450: 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

According to [no author listed], _The Library of Irish Music_ (published by Amsco), the tune for this is "The Pretty Girl Milking Her Cow." - RBW



  1. O'Conor, p. 89, "Terence's Farewell to Kathleen" (1 text)
  2. Roud #3826
  3. BI, OCon089