THE Spy", a dramatic romance drawn from James Fenimore Cooper's novel by Charles Powell Clinch, was produced at the Park Theatre on March 1, 1822, and was exceedingly successful, holding the stage for a number of years. The cast included Mr. Maywood as Harvey Birch, Mr. Simpson as Major Dinwoodie, Mr. Kent as Captain Lawton, Miss Johnson as Frances Wharton, and Miss Jones as Sarah Wharton. The words of the song sung by Mr. Kent, are from the manuscript copy of the play in the New York Public Library, and the words and music of Miss Johnson's song are from the collection of Mr. Walter Prichard Eaton.
Now push the mug, my jolly boys,
And live while live we can,
Tomorrow's sun may end our joys,
For brief's the life of man,
And he who bravely meets the foe,
His lease of life can never know.
Old mother Flannigan
Come and fill the can again,
For you can fill and drain at will,
Good Betty Flannigan.
If love of life pervades your breast,
Or love of ease your frame,
Quit honour's path for peaceful rest,
And bear a coward's name: