Lassie of the Glen, The
DESCRIPTION: "Beneath a hill 'mang birken bushes, By a burnie's [stream's] dimplit linn [torrent]," the singer says, he and "the lassie o' the glen" confessed their love and would "fondly stray" Now, "unhappy" and far away he recalls those times.
AUTHOR: Angus Fletcher (b.1776) (source: Rogers)
EARLIEST DATE: 1857 (Roger's _The Modern Scottish Minstrel_)
KEYWORDS: courting love lyric
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (3 citations):
Greig #64, p. 2, "The Lassie of the Glen") (1 fragment)
GreigDuncan8 1844, "The Lassie of the Glen" (1 fragment)
ADDITIONAL: Charles Rogers, editor, [The Project Gutenberg EBook (2006) of] The Modern Scottish Minstrel; or, The Songs of Scotland of the Past Half Century Vol IV (Edinburgh, 1857), p. 294, "The Lassie of the Glen" (translated from the Gaelic by Angus Fletcher)
NOTES: The Greig/GreigDuncan8 text is a fragment; Fletcher's translation of his Gaelic original is the basis for the description. The Greig/GreigDuncan8 fragment is the first verse of the translation "which has become very popular" [source: John Mackenzie, Sar-Obair Nam Bard Gaelach or THe Beauties of Gaelic Poetry (Glasgow, 1865 ("Digitized by Google")) p. 367].
Fletcher says he was born in 1776 and wrote "The Lassie of the Glen" at the age of 16 [source: Mackenzie]. "The song was first published in the Edinburgh Weekly Journal" [source: Nigel MacNeill, The Literature of the Highlanders (1898, London ("Digitized by Google")), p. 270]. - BS
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