Poem of the Month

My Love, She's But a Lassie Yet

1789

Type: Song

Tune: Miss Farquharson's Reel

 

My love she's but a lassie yet,

My love she's but a lassie yet;

We'll let her stand a year or twa,

She'll no be half sae saucy yet.

 

I rue the day I sought her O,

I rue the day I sought her O,

Wha gets her needs na say he's woo'd,

But he may say he's bought her O.

 

Come draw a drap o' the best o't yet,

Come draw a drap o' the best o't yet:

Gae seek for Pleasure whare ye will,

But here I never miss'd it yet.

 

We're a' dry wi' drinking o't,

We're a' dry wi' drinking o't:

The minister kiss't the fiddler's wife,

He could na preach for thinking o't.

 

 

A cheery tune for difficult times...

The title “My Love She's But a Lassie Yet” was fixed on this tune because of the song Robert Burns composed to it, although the tune itself seems to have first appeared in print in Bremner's Scots Reels of 1757 as “Miss Farqharson's Reel”.

 

Despite its Scottish origins, it soon became a popular tune in England, and was also imported to Ireland, where it was converted to a polka and played under the titles “My Love is But a Lassie” and “Tripping on the Mountain”. Under this last title it was famously recorded by flute player John McKenna and fiddler James Morrison.

 

Source:

The Poetical Works Of Robert Burns
Copyright 1910
Ward, Lock, and Co., Ltd

 

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Niel Gow playing a reel, 1787

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