Welcome to The British Literary Ballads Archive, a site dedicated to a unique genre of literary imitations of traditional ballads. The site contains a growing archive of over 700 poems, as well as short biographical sketches of the poets who wrote them.

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Samuel Lover (1797-1868)


Born in Dublin, February 1797. He was a versatile artist, not only as a talented novelist and songwriter but also as a musician and a popular painter. He produced a number of Irish songs collected and published in Songs and Ballads (1839), among which “Rory O’More”, “The Four-leaves Shamrock” and others are quite well known. Later, “Rory O’More” reappeared as Rory O’More (1837) in novel form, and then was dramatized for the Adelphi Theatre in London. His best-known novel,Handy Andy, an Irish Tale (1842) sketches Irish life in the mid-19th century through its hero, Handy Andy. (Y. Y.)

1.Molly Carew
2.Rory O'More; or, Good Omens