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Lyr Req: Welcome to Scotland (William Dunbar)

GUEST,2feathers 11 Aug 06 - 09:54 PM
Alba 11 Aug 06 - 10:07 PM
GUEST,2 Feathers 11 Aug 06 - 10:22 PM
Jim McLean 12 Aug 06 - 06:21 AM
Jim Dixon 17 Aug 06 - 08:10 AM
GUEST,Scabby Douglas 17 Aug 06 - 12:31 PM
GUEST,Scabby Douglas 17 Aug 06 - 12:32 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Welcome to Scotland
From: GUEST,2feathers
Date: 11 Aug 06 - 09:54 PM

Can't fine these lyrics anywhere! The verses I think I know go like this:
O Fairest fair, O fairest fair
Princess most pleasant and preclare (sp?)
The lustiest (one, or babe) that e'er have(hae? ) been
Welcome to Scotland to be ye queen

Welcome the rose both red and white
Welcme the flower of our heart's delight
The spirit rejoiceth from the spleen
Welcome to Scotland to be ye queen.

Song was apparently written on arrival of someone to Scotland to accede to the throne.
Please someone who knows this old song, give me the right words and the reference. Thanks!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Welcome to Scotland
From: Alba
Date: 11 Aug 06 - 10:07 PM

There is a Broadside Balled called:
The Queen's Welcome to Scotland.
By Andrew Park 1842

The Queen she is coming, hurra! hurra !
To the land of the Thistle, hurra ! hurra !
From mountain and glen
Come ye brave Highlandmen,
And welcome your Queen ane an' a', an' a'.
She has left her gay halls
Where the Thames brightly falls
'Mid structures of fame to the sea, the sea,
Where commerce and arts,
With the noblest of hearts,
Sway the home of the brave and the free, the free.

She comes to the heath and the hills, the hills,
To the region of high-gushing rills, the rills,
Where Nature's rude throne
Is more grand then her own,
And loyalty every heart fills, heart fills !
Edina shall smile
Without effort or guile
The Athens of Britain so grand, so grand,
While Holyrood gay
Shall be first in display,
To welcome the Queen of our land, our land.

Bucleugh and Breadalbane, wi' joy, wi' joy,
Shall summon their clans, man an' boy, an' boy.
The Pibroch shall sound
And the hills echo round,
As they march out, their Queen to convoy, to convoy.
Though Scotia be cold,
Yet her sons they are bold ;
She has wisdom and warm hearts an' a', an' a';
Wherever man strays
There are songs to her praise,
Heard sung on sweet plains far awa', awa'!

Then on wi' the tartan sae braw, sae braw,
The skian-duth, sporan, an' a', an' a',
Your bonnet and plaid,
And bright dirk by your side,
And fast frae the hills come awa', awa'.
Each ancient claymore,
Which your fathers of yore
Were proud of, come on wi' them a', them a';
Your kilt and your hose,
Such as seen by your foes,
When Wallace and Bruce laid them low, them low.

The Queen to our country is true, is true ;
She's young and she's lovely to view, to view !
And virtue, we find
Is the charm of her mind,
While her bounty is every day new, is new.
I've seen her blue eyes,
As she gazed on the skies,
With rapture and beauty to roll, to roll ;
So the hills of the North,
From the Tay to the Forth,
Will add a new charm to her soul, her soul!

No base-hearted traitor is here, is here;—
No one to afflict thee with fear, with fear;
The feeling that reigns
O'er our mountains and plains,
Is thy love to preserve, which is dear, is dear!
Then, long live the Queen,
Be she loved as she's been ;
Here's to Albert, their offspring an' a', an' a,
From mountain and glen
Come ye brave Highlandmen !
The Queen she is coming, hurra ! hurra!

You can read more about Broadside Ballads and the Author of this particular Song here: Click here:)

Don't know if this is the song you are looking for 2feathers but...it might be!:>)
Best Wishes
Jude


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Welcome to Scotland
From: GUEST,2 Feathers
Date: 11 Aug 06 - 10:22 PM

Lovely lyrics. I wish I could hear the melody as well.
This is not the song I am searching for, however, and maybe someone will come up with another idea.
Thank you, Jude.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Welcome to Scotland
From: Jim McLean
Date: 12 Aug 06 - 06:21 AM

The melody to The Queen's Welcome to Scotland is probably Wi' a Hundred pipers an' a' an' a'.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Welcome to Scotland
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 17 Aug 06 - 08:10 AM

Possibly this refers to Margaret Tudor, elder sister of Henry VIII, who married James IV at Holyrood Abbey in Edinburgh in 1503.

William Dunbar celebrated the occasion in a poem The Thistle and the Rose:

Sweet lusty lovesome lady clear
Most mighty Kinges daughter dear,
Born of a Princess most serene,
Welcome to Scotland to be Queen....

--information from Wikipedia.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Welcome to Scotland
From: GUEST,Scabby Douglas
Date: 17 Aug 06 - 12:31 PM

Umm Jim (Dixon)... I kind of think that the broadside dated 1842 was most likely in praise of Queen Victoria.. a clue is in the line: "Here's to Albert, their offspring an' a', an' a,"

And it goes on about Edinburgh being the "Athens of the North" - a description which was only really applicable after the building of the New Town.


So - attractive as it might seem to have a more ancient pedigree for the song.. I fear not.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Welcome to Scotland
From: GUEST,Scabby Douglas
Date: 17 Aug 06 - 12:32 PM

Ahhh.. sorry, Jim.. you were probably referring to the original enquiry...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Welcome to Scotland
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 17 Aug 06 - 02:24 PM

As am I; the broadside is interesting, but irrelevent to the question.

Of course the verses quoted in the original enquiry are rendered (not terribly accurately) into modern English, which makes identification a bit more difficult. The reference to Dunbar was what was needed. It isn't actually Dunbar's The Thrissill and the Rois (1503), but a shorter piece of his, To Princess Margaret. For both texts see  TEAMS Middle English Texts (note copyright details):

http://www.library.rochester.edu/camelot/teams/duntxt2.htm

Whether or not Dunbar's poem was ever sung, I wouldn't know.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Welcome to Scotland
From: Alba
Date: 17 Aug 06 - 04:42 PM

Thank you for posting a link to Dunbar's 'To Princess Margaret' Malcolm.
It would seem that my stab in the dark was indeed totally irrelevant to the original poster's enquiry.
Now let us hope that 2feathers checks back in.
Jude


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Welcome to Scotland (William Dunbar)
From: Joe_F
Date: 04 Dec 15 - 10:48 PM

Here is the text:

To Princess Margaret
[Welcum of Scotlond to be quene]

Now fayre, fayrest of every fayre,
Princes most plesant and preclare,
The lustyest one alyve that byne:
Welcum of Scotlond to be quene!

Younge tender plant of pulcritud
Descendyd of imperyalle blode,
Fresche fragrant floure of fayrehede shene:
Welcum of Scotlond to be quene!

Swet lusty lusum lady clere,
Most myghty kyngis dochter dere,
Borne of a princes most serene:
Welcum of Scotlond to be quene!

Welcum the rose bothe rede and whyte,
Welcum the floure of our delyte,
Oure spreit rejoysyng frome the sone beme:
Welcum of Scotlond to be quene!
Welcum of Scotlonde to be quene!

I heard it to the following tune (from my mother, many years ago; I don't know where she learned it). In solfa (scale is drmfsltDRMFSLT; dots mean continuation for a beat):

smsD.tl.Ds..
smsD.DDtDR.s
msDM.RDl.s..
RMFMD.lt.d..


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