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Songs of Robert Burns ~ Where Cart rins rowin to the sea
James C. Dick
No. 131. From "The Songs by Robert Burns". A Study in Tone-Poetry. Published by Henry Frowde. London, Edinburgh, Glasgow, and New York 1903. Source: «traditionalmusic»


No. 131. Where Cart rins rowin to the sea.

Tune : The gallant weaver Scots Musical Museum, 1792, No. 389.

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Where Cart rins rowin to the sea
By monie a flower and spreading tree,
There lives a lad, the lad for me—
     He is a gallant weaver!
O, I had wooers aught or nine,
They gied me rings and ribbons fine,
And I was fear'd my heart wad tine,
     And I gied it to the weaver.

My daddie sign'd my tocher-band
To gie the lad that has the land;
But to my heart I'll add my hand,
     And give it to the weaver.

While birds rejoice in leafy bowers,
While bees delight in opening flowers,
While corn grows green in summer showers,
     I love my gallant weaver.

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No. 131. "Where Oart rins rowin to the sea. Scots Musical Museum, 1792, No. 389, signed ' R,' entitled The gallant weaver. 'Mr. B.'s old words' (Law's MS. List). Thomson's Scotish Airs, 1795, _?p. The MS. is in the British Museum. The Cart, a stream of moderate pretentions, is known chiefly as furnishing a river to the ancient burgh of Paisley in Renfrewshire. The city of weavers is reported to have given birth to more poets than any town in Scotland. ' The chorus of this song is old, the rest of it is mine. Here, once for all, let me apologize for many silly compositions of mine in this work ["Scots Musical Museum"]. Many beautiful airs wanted words; in the hurry of other avocations, if I could siring a parcel of rhymes together any thing near tolerable, I was fain to let them pass. He must be an excellent poet indeed, whose every performance is excellent' (InterleavedMuseum),

The tune is in Aird's Airs, 1782, i. No. J74, entitled Weaver's March, or Twenty-first of August. It has not the character of a Scottish melody. The New Swedish Dance, in the Musical Pocket-Book, c. 1715, resembles the tune. Thomson printed Burns's song in his musical collection, and without authority changed the ' weaver' into a ' sailor,' and set it to The auld wife ayont the fire. Mr. John Glen has found the tune in the Dancing Master, 1728, entitled Frisky Je?my, or the Tenth of June.

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