William Percy French (1854 - 1920 / Elphin / Ireland)
William Percy French was the son of a landlord and a clergyman's daughter. He studied engineering at Trinity College, where he spent a lot of time in song writing, dramatics, banjo playing and watercolour painting. After graduation he was on the verge of emigrating to Canada, but was appointed to a post in a government drainage scheme in Cavan. He was a self-styled 'Inspector of Drains' for seven years.
In 1891, his first wife, Ettie, died in childbirth, as did his baby daughter. he toured the country on his bicycle with a box of paints, painting and performing. He developed a one-man show, where he sang the songs he composed. At fifty, French moved to London and performed on ... more »
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''''Tis all dependin' whetherWilliam Percy French (1854-1920). "Are Ye Right There, Michael?" (A Lay of the Wild West Clare) (l. 58-60). WTO. World Treasury of Oral Poetry, A....
The ould engin' howlds together'
'And it might now, Michael, so it might!'''
''Have ye got the parcel there for Mrs White?William Percy French (1854-1920). "Are Ye Right There, Michael?" (A Lay of the Wild West Clare) (l. 27-30). . . World Treasury of Oral Poetry, A. ...
Ye haven't! Oh, begorra!
Say it's comin' down tomorra
And it might now, Michael, so it might!'''
'Are ye right there, Michael? are ye right?William Percy French (1854-1920). "Are Ye Right There, Michael?" (A Lay of the Wild West Clare) (l. 11-15). . . World Treasury of Oral Poetry, A. ...
Do you think that we'll be there before the night?
Ye've been so long in startin',
That ye couldn't say for sartin'