Oh Jeannie, There's Naething to Fear Ye
DESCRIPTION: "O! My lassie, our joy to complete again, Meet me again in the gloamin, my dearie" to their "bed in the greenwood." The singer names things that might be frightening (bats, bogle, and brownie) but says there's nothing to fear: "Love be thy sure defence"
AUTHOR: James Hogg (source: Whitelaw)
EARLIEST DATE: 1829 (Chambers)
KEYWORDS: courting sex lyric nonballad
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (3 citations):
GreigDuncan8 1858, "Oh Jeannie, There's Naething to Fear Ye" (1 text, 1 tune)
Whitelaw-Song, p. 69, "O Jeanie" (1 text)
ADDITIONAL: Robert Chambers, The Scottish Songs (Edinburgh, 1829), Vol II, p. 433, "O! Jeannie, There's Naething to Fear Ye"
cf. "Blue Bonnets Over the Border" (tune, per Whitelaw)
NOTES [62 words]: "The bogle or goblin was a mischievous, freakish spirit who took delight in frightening and perplexing rather than in helping or seriously injuring mankind.... The brownie, on the other hand, was a kindly spirit sincerely attached to the household" (source: James Cranstoun, editor, The Poems of Alexander Montgomerie (Edinburgh, 1887 ("Digitized by Google")), p. 324). - BS
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