Hame, Hame, Hame
DESCRIPTION: "Hame, hame, hame, hame, fain wad I be ... to my ain countrie" "The green leaf o' loyalty's begun for to fa', The bonny white rose it is withering and a'; But I'll water't wi' the blood of usurping tyrannie" The sun will shine yet.
EARLIEST DATE: 1783-1785 (_Robert Burns's Commonplace Book_, according to Cromek)
KEYWORDS: nonballad political Jacobites
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland)
REFERENCES (6 citations):
Hogg1 80, "Hame, Hame, Hame" (1 text, 1 tune)
Greig #135, pp. 1-2, ("Hame, hame, hame, O hame fain would I be") (1 text fragment)
GreigDuncan5, p. 637, ("Hame, hame, hame, O hame fain would I be") (1 text fragment)
ADDITIONAL: Robert Chambers, The Scottish Songs (Edinburgh, 1829), Vol I, pp. 101-102, "Hame, Hame, Hame"
R. H. Cromek, Remains of Nithsdale and Galloway Song, (London, 1810), pp. 169-170, ("Hame, hame, hame, O hame fain would I be")
ADDITIONAL: Walter de la Mare, _Come Hither_, revised edition, 1928; #191, "Hame, Hame, Hame" (1 text)
cf. "Rosemary Lane" [Laws K43] (structure and some lines)
cf. "Hame, Hame" (tune, per Chambers)
NOTES: Hogg: .".. taken from Cromek; and sore do I suspect that we are obliged to the same masterly hand for it with the two preceding ones. The air to which I have heard it sung very beautifully, seems to be a modification of the old tune of "Mary Scott, the Flower of Yarrow." The two previous songs are "The Wars of Scotland" and "Lochmaben Gate," and Hogg suspects the author to be Allan Cunninghame [sic].
The GreigDuncan5 text, from Greig, is in a note to GreigDuncan5 1057, "Hame, Dearie, Hame."
Greig: "Around the touching cry of "Hame, hame" different songs have at one time or another been woven. Allan Cunningham and James Hogg produce versions with a Jacobite message. But verses like the following are alien to true folk-song: - [text]. Such things we never pick up on the traditional field. Nobody hears of them until they appear in some printed collection. The editor allows his readers to suppose that they are traditional and old, but the critic knows that they are mainly the work of the editor."
"Cromek died  shortly after the issue  of Remains of Nithsdale and Galloway Song, which was mostly written by Cunningham, though palmed upon Cromek as recovered antiques." (source: J. Ross, The Book of Scottish Poems: Ancient and Modern, (Edinburgh, Edinburgh Publishing Co, 1878), "Allan Cunningham 1784-1842," p. 738; other sources agree)
However, in this case, if there is a Cunningham "forgery" [the term I have seen applied to his contributions to Cromek; for example, see Shoolbraid's comments re "Annie Laurie"], then Cromek would have to be complicit. Cromek writes, "This song is printed from a copy found in Burn's Common Place Book, in the editor's possession. It has long been popular in Galloway and Nithsdale, and has many variations, of which this is the best." - BS
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