Lass on Ythanside, The
DESCRIPTION: It is spring and the singer thinks of his Lass on Ythanside. He remembers their summer trysting tree under the stars. He thinks of "where first we met -- and parted last Ah! ne'er to meet again." "Tho' worlds us baith divide" he dreams and thinks of her.
AUTHOR: John Imlah (1799-1846) (source: Imlah, Walker)
EARLIEST DATE: 1827 (Imlah)
KEYWORDS: courting love separation
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (2 citations):
GreigDuncan8 1908, "The Lass on Ythanside" (1 fragment)
ADDITIONAL: John Imlah, May Flowers (London, 1827 ("Digitized by Google")), pp. 145-146, "The Lass on Ythanside"
cf. "Of a' the Airts the Wind Can Blow" (tune, per Imlah)
NOTES [91 words]: GreigDuncan8's first verse, "The space may spread and days depart ...," is the second version of Imlah's "last half of the last stanza," according to Walker. It was originally "Tho' monie a mile o' shore and sea, Tho' worlds us baith divide, In dream and thought I dwell with thee, Sweet Lass on Ythanside!" (source: William Walker, The Bards of Bon-Accord 1375-1860 (Aberdeen, 1887 ("Digitized by Google")), pp. 421-422). Since the GreigDuncan8 second verse is not in the 1827 text either, I assume it is also a later modification by Imlah. - BS
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