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Thread #903   Message #2248346
Posted By: Jim Dixon
29-Jan-08 - 10:40 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Nut Brown Maiden
This English version is given in the appendix of Altavona, fact and fiction from my life in the Highlands by John Stuart Blackie, 1882, page 415f.

The Gaelic version, HO-RO MO NIGHEAN BONN BHOIDHEACH, along with musical notation, is given at page 60f of the same book.


CHORUS: Ho-ro, my nut-brown maiden,
Hi-ri, my nut-brown maiden,
Ho-ro, my nut-brown maiden,
O she's the maid for me!

1. Her eye so mildly beaming,
Her look so frank and free,
In waking and in dreaming,
Is evermore with me.

2. O Mary, mild-eyed Mary,
By land, or on the sea,
Though time and tide may vary,
My heart beats true to thee.

3. With thy fair face before me,
How sweetly flew the hour,
When all thy beauty o'er me,
Came streaming in its power!

4. That face with kindness glowing,
That face which knows no guile,
The light grace of thy going,
The witchcraft of thy smile.

5. And, since from thee I parted,
A long and weary while,
I wander heavy-hearted,
With longing for thy smile.

6. In Glasgow and Dun-Edin
Were maidens fair to see,
But never a Lowland maiden
Could lure mine eyes from thee;-

7. Mine eyes that never vary
From pointing to the glen,
Where blooms my Highland Mary,
Like wild rose 'neath the Ben.

8. And when with blossoms laden
Bright summer comes again,
I'll fetch my nut-brown maiden
Down from the bonnie glen.