Bonny Mary Hay

DESCRIPTION: "Bonny Mary Hay, I will lo'e thee yet, For thine ee is the slae and thy hair is the jet." After praising Mary's looks, the singer asks her to come away with him. He says it is a holiday for him when she is with him. He begs her not to refuse him
AUTHOR: Archibald Crawford; tune by R.A. Smith (source: Whitelaw-Song)
EARLIEST DATE: 1825 (according Whitelaw-Song, see notes); 1829 (Chambers)
KEYWORDS: love courting
FOUND IN: Ireland Britain
REFERENCES (2 citations):
SHenry H568, p. 226, "Bonny Mary Hay" (1 text, 1 tune)
Whitelaw-Song, p. 7, "Bonnie Mary Hay" (1 text)

Roud #7975
NOTES [55 words]: Whitelaw-Song: "The author of this song is Archibald Crawford, a native of Ayr. It originally appeared in the Ayr and Wigtonshire Courier, and was afterwards introduced into one of a series of stories by Mr Crawford, published at Edinburgh, in 1825, under the title of 'Tales of My Grandmother.' The composer was R.A. Smith." - BS
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