My Highland Lassie, O

DESCRIPTION: "I set me down wi' right guid will, To sing my Highland lassie." He prefers her to "gentle dames;" "their titles a' are empty show" If he were rich the world would know his love, but he is poor and will go to India to make his fortune. He will be true.
AUTHOR: Robert Burns
EARLIEST DATE: 1909 (Greig)
KEYWORDS: love separation money India nonballad
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Greig #76, p. 1, "The Highland Lassie O" (1 fragment)
ADDITIONAL: James Kinsley, editor, Burns: Complete Poems and Songs (shorter edition, Oxford, 1969) #107, pp. 202-203, "Highland Lassie O--" (1 text, 1 tune, from 1786)

CROSS-REFERENCES:
cf. "The Deuks Dang O'er My Daddy" (tune, per Burns)
ALTERNATE TITLES:
Nae Gentle Dames Though E'er So Fair
NOTES: Greig: "His [Burns's] first reference to ["Highland"] Mary [Campbell?] is in a song, contributed anonymously to Johnson's Musical Museum, "The Highland Lassie, O" - BS
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