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by Turlough O'Carolan This air has also been called The Bold Rover and The Lady of the Tavern and appears in three different variations, one in 3/4 time. The exact incident behind the song has not been recorded, but O'Sullivan suggests the landlady in question may have been Bridget Waldron, to whom he composed a short epigram. She was evidently a parsimonious sort. One day as Carolan sat playing the harp, he heard the butler unlocking the cellar door. When he asked the man for a cup of beer the man refused, saying he would offer nothing without orders from the landlady. The English translation is as follows: What pity hell's gates are not kept by O'Flinn! So surly a dog would let nobody in. Or in exact translation Alas, O Dermod O'Flinn, That 'tis not you who guard the door of hell; For 'tis you would let no one approach you In a place where you would be doorkeeper. Miss MacDermott (Princess Royal) This information is from this Website: ernst stolz pardessus by Floris van der Voort