The Songs of Robert Burns Now First Printed with the Melodies for Which They Were Written; A Study in Tone-Poetry with Bibliography, Historical Notes, and Glossary

The Songs of Robert Burns Now First Printed with the Melodies for Which They Were Written; A Study in Tone-Poetry with Bibliography, Historical Notes, and Glossary

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1903 edition. Excerpt: ...I, unskilfu', try. Scots Musical Museum, 1792, No. 4g, entitled Lovely Davies. Tune, Miss Muir. The MS. is in the British Museum. The song was sent to Miss Davies in the autumn of 1791. She was engaged to be married to a Captain Delaney. who went abroad on foreign duty, and after a short-lived correspondence his letters to her ceased. The rift in the lute seriously affected her health, and Burns delicately refers to the subject in his letter in these words: 'So strongly am 1 interested in Miss Davies's fate and welfare in the serious business of life, amid its chances and changes, that to make her the subject in a silly ballad is downright mockery of these ardent feelings; 'tis like an impertinent jest to a dying friend.' The following sentence is quite Bumsian: 'When I meet with a person after my own heart... I positively can no more resist from rhyming on the impulse than an Aeolian harp can refuse its tones to the streaming air.' The tune of the song, a great favourite of Burns, is in Oswald's Companion, c. 1756, viii. 11, entitled Port Athol, or, as in the Museum, Miss Muir. In the poet's copy of Oswald's collection he has styled the tune ' exquisite.' No. 44. O, saw ye bonis Lesley? Thomson's Scotish Airs, 1798, j), 'written for this work by Robert Burns.' Air, The Collier s bonie lassie. Written in honour of Miss Lesley Baillie. A copy was sent in a letter to Mrs. Dunlop, August 22, 1792. 'Mr. Baillie with his two daughters, accompanied by Mr. H of G, passing through Dumfries a few days ago, on their way to England, did me the honour of calling on me; on which I took my horse (though God knows I could ill spare the time), and accompanied them fourteen or fifteen miles, and dined and spent the day with them. 'Twas about nine when I left...show more

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  • Paperback | 188 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 345g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236547462
  • 9781236547460