Bonny Lad That's Comin' in the Mirk to Me, The
DESCRIPTION: The singer waits for her lover to come to her this night. "Come he late or e'ar when there's ne'en to see He's welcome aye in the mark to me." She will spin at her wheel and think "wi mirth and glee" of his coming. He arrives and promises to marry her.
EARLIEST DATE: 1905 (GreigDuncan4)
KEYWORDS: love marriage nightvisit
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (1 citation):
GreigDuncan4 796, "The Dark" (6 texts, 4 tunes)
Comin' Thro'n the Dark
The Weary Dree
NOTES: The first three lines here ("This is the night my lovey set And promised for to come and see But I'm afraid he's lost the way") are close to the first three lines of "This Is the Nicht My Johnnie Set" ("This is the nicht my Johnnie set, And promised to be here; Oh what can stay his laggin' step"), but the fourth lines ("The bonnie lad that's comin in the mark to me" and "He's fickle grown I fear," respectively) set the tones to be entirely different, though both end happily. - BS
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