There'll Never Be Peace Till Jamie Comes Hame
DESCRIPTION: Singer hears a man sing "The church is in ruins, the State is in jars, Delusions, oppressions, and murderous wars." His seven sons died fighting for James. "Now life is a burden that bows me down." "There'll never be peace till Jamie comes hame"
EARLIEST DATE: 1819 (Hogg1)
KEYWORDS: rebellion nonballad political Jacobites
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland)
REFERENCES (3 citations):
Hogg1 38, "There'll Never Be Peace Till Jamie Comes Hame" (1 text, 1 tune)
GreigDuncan1 118, "There'll Never Be Peace Till Jamie Comes Hame" (2 fragments, 2 tunes)
ADDITIONAL: James Kinsley, editor, Burns: Complete Poems and Songs (shorter edition, Oxford, 1969) #326,, pp. 453-454, "There'll never be peace till Jamie comes hame--" (1 text, 1 tune, from 1791)
cf. "There's Few Guid Fellows When Jamie's Awa'" (tune, according to Burns)
cf. "My He'rt It Is Sair" (tune)
NOTES [130 words]: Hogg1: "It is very like Burns, but is given in Johnson's Museum as an old song without any alterations."
GreigDuncan1: .".. expresses the point of view of supporters of the claim to the throne of the son of James II, James Stuart (the Old Pretender)." - BS
The statement about the church being in ruins is particularly true at this time. There were still Catholics in the Highlands. It has been claimed that there were Anglicans there as well. The country was officially Presbyterian, but many old men remembered the Solemn League and Covenant, some with reverence, others with horror. And William III simply did not understand the Scottish Kirk. In England, he could largely rely on the powers of the Bishops. That didn't work at all in Scotland, where there were no bishops.... - RBW
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