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Thread #4220   Message #2840025
Posted By: Jim Dixon
15-Feb-10 - 12:45 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: The Border Widow's Lament / Glencoe
Subject: Lyr Add: OH ONO CHRIO
From Select Scottish Songs, Ancient and Modern, Volume 1 edited by Robert Hartley Cromek (London: T. Cadell and W. Davies, 1810), page 90:


Dr. Blacklock informed me that this song was composed on the infamous massacre of Glencoe.

Oh! was not I a weary wight!
    Oh! ono chri, oh! ono chri—
Maid, wife, and widow, in one night!
When in my soft and yielding arms,
O! when most I thought him free from harms.
Even at the dead time of the night,
They broke my bower, and slew my knight.
With ae lock of his jet black hair,
I'll tye my heart for evermair;
Nae sly-tongued youth, or flatt'ring swain,
Shall e'er untye this knot again;
Thine still, dear youth, that heart shall be,
Nor pant for aught, save heaven and thee.

(The chorus repeated at the end of each line.)

* A corruption of O hone a rie' signifying—Alas for the prince, or chief.