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Lyr Add: The Maid of Llanwellyn (Joanna Baillie)

John In Brisbane 27 Nov 98 - 01:47 AM
GUEST 20 Dec 14 - 08:21 AM
GUEST,leeneia 20 Dec 14 - 10:56 AM
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Subject: Lyr Add: Maid of Llanwellyn (Joanna Baillie)
From: John In Brisbane
Date: 27 Nov 98 - 01:47 AM

Will post the tune after the weekend. Regards, John.

Please see the notes below the lyrics. Source - Volkslieder site.

THE MAID OF LLANWELLYN
(Joanna Baillie)

1. I've no sheep on the mountains
Nor boat on the lake
Nor coin in my coffer
To keep me awake
Nor corn in my garner,
Nor fruit on my tree
Yet the maid of Llanwellyn
Smiles sweetly on me.

2. Rich Owen will tell you,
With eyes full of scorn
Threadbare is my coat,
And my hosen are torn
Scoff on, my rich Owen,
For faint is thy glee
When the maid of Llanwellyn
Smiles sweetly on me.

3. The farmer rides proudly
To market and fair
And the clerk at the ale house
Still claims the great chair
But of all our proud fellows
The proudest I'll be
While the maid of Llanwellyn
Smiles sweetly on me.

This song was published by George Thomson of Edinburgh, 1757-1851, who paid F. J. Haydn in Vienna, 2 ducats each, for some 200 tunes, to give old British Isles' folk tunes real class. He then got some more tunes from Beethoven, who quit, disgusted with the pay.

"In her 'Maid of Llanwellyn', Miss Baillie's lyric spoke of the beautiful lakes in Wales. When Thomson objected, saying that Wales had no lakes, Miss Joanna Baillie haughtily answered that since lakes would not rise out of the earth for their convenience, and since she was unwilling to alter the line, they would just have to hope that their readers would be as ignorant as she had been when she wrote it."


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...and here's the MIDI from the Volkslieder Website:

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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Maid of Llanwellyn (Joanna Baillie)
From: GUEST
Date: 20 Dec 14 - 08:21 AM

I am trying to find the dots of the tune Maid of Llanwellyn
Does anyone have them please?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Maid of Llanwellyn (Joanna Baillie)
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 20 Dec 14 - 10:56 AM

Hello, Guest. I like Welsh music too, so I am sending in a MIDI of this tune for posting here. Perhaps someone will make an ABC of it so it goes further.

The song has a big range, almost two octaves. I've put it in the key of G (was F).

The first post (dated 1998) said that the tune is on the Volkslieder site. The poster probably meant this site, which is an excellent site for any folk musician to know about:

http://ingeb.org/home.html

Sometimes it takes a while for a song to appear, sometimes it's virtually instantaneous, so keep checking back here.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Maid of Llanwellyn (Joanna Baillie)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 20 Dec 14 - 07:12 PM

The time it takes for MIDIs to get posted, depends greatly upon the time that Joe gets out of bed...or gets back from one of his frequent vacations...

Click to play (joeweb)

...and here's the MIDI from the Volkslieder Website:

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