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134. In simmer, when the hay… Songs of Robert Burns ~ Now rosy May comes in wi flowers
James C. Dick
No. 135. From "The Songs by Robert Burns". A Study in Tone-Poetry. Published by Henry Frowde. London, Edinburgh, Glasgow, and New York 1903. Source: «traditionalmusic»

Page 123. II. LOVE : GENERAL

No. 135. Now rosy May comes in wi flowers.

Tune : Dainty Davie (see infra).

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Meet me on the warlock knowe,
Dainty Davie, Dainty Davie;
There I'll spend the day wi' you,
My ain dear Dainty Davie.

Now rosy May comes in wi' flowers
To deck her gay, green-spreading bowers ;
And now comes in the happy hours
To wander wi' my Davie.

The crystal waters round us fa',
The merry birds are lovers a',
The scented breezes round us blaw,
A wandering wi' my Davie.

When purple morning starts the
hare To steal upon her early fare,
Then thro' the dews I will repair
To meet my faithfu1 Davie.

When day, expiring in the west,
The curtain draws o' Nature's rest,
I flee to his arms I lo'e the best:
And that's my ain dear Davie !

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No. 135. Now rosy May comes in wi' flowers. Scotish Airs, 1799, 69. 'Written for this work by Robert Burns. Air, Dainty Davie.' Sent to Thomson in August, 1793, with this note: ' I have been looking over another and a better song of mine in the Museum (see Song No 116), which I have altered as follows, and which I am persuaded will please you. The words Dainty Davie glide so sweetly in the air that, to a Scots ear, any song to it, without Davie being the hero, would have a lame effect. So much for Davie. The chorus you know is to the low part of the tune.' Thomson objected to the arrangement of the tune, but Burns adhered to his opinion. For tune see No. 308.

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