Banks of Allan Water, The
DESCRIPTION: "By the banks of Allan Water When the sweet springtime did fall, There I saw the miller's lovely daughter, Fairest of them all." By autumn, the girl has been betrayed by her soldier love and grieves; by winter, she is dead
AUTHOR: Matthew Lewis (1775-1818) ?
EARLIEST DATE: 1896 (Family Star & Herald)
KEYWORDS: love courting soldier betrayal death
REFERENCES (1 citation):
NLScotland, L.C.Fol.70(98b), "On the Banks of Allan Water," Poet's Boz (sic.) (Dundee), c.1890; same broadside as RB.m.143(211)
Sheridan's "Early" Victory ("In the Shenandoah Valley") (WolfAmericanSongSheets p. 140)
The Miller's Daughter
NOTES: Quoted by Hardy in Far from the Madding Crowd (1874), sung by Bathsheba Everdene.
Robert Crawford (died 1733) also wrote a song called "Allan Water," which is considered one of his best works. But this song has little if any traditional attestation. It is only of note because Robert Burns admired author Crawford, whose works were found in Ramsay's Tea Table Miscellany attributed to "C" (see Stanley J. Kunitz and Howard Haycraft, Editors, British Authors Before 1800: A Biographical Dictionary, H. W. Wilson, 1952 (I use the fourth printing of 1965), p. 129). - RBW
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