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Volume I, song 040, page 40 - 'The Maid that tends the Goats'

Introduction:
Verse I:
'Up amang yon cliffy rocks,
Sweetly rings the rising echo,
To the maid that tends the goats,
Lilting o'er her native notes.
Hark, she sings, 'young Sandy's kind,
'An' he's promis'd ay to lo'e me;
'Here's a brotch, I ne'er shall tiree,
'Till he's fairly marri'd to me;
'Drive away, ye drone time,
'An' bring about our bridal day.'
Image Rights Holder:
National Library of Scotland
Ref:
2175
Project:
754:Scots Musical Museum
Material:
Book
Dimensions:
130 x 211 mm
What:
The 'Scots Musical Museum' - Volume I, song 40, page 40 - 'The Maid that tends the Goats'
Subject:
The 'Scots Musical Museum' is the most important of the numerous eighteenth- and nineteenth-century collections of Scottish song. When the engraver James Johnson started work on the second volume of his collection in 1787, he enlisted Robert Burns as contributor and editor. Burns enthusiastically collected songs from various sources, often expanding or revising them, whilst including much of his own work. The resulting combination of innovation and antiquarianism gives the work a feel of living tradition.
Who:
William Dudgeon (lyricist)
William Clarke (c. 1755-1820) (musical editor for Volume VI of the 'Scots Musical Museum')
Stephen Clarke (c. 1735-97) (musical editor)
James Johnson (c. 1750-1811) (printer / publisher / engraver / editor)
Robert Burns (1759-96) (song collector / composer / editor)
Reverend Patrick McDonald (publisher and song collector)
When:
1784 (tune published)
Between 1787 and 1803 (first publication of the 'Scots Musical Museum')
Where:
The National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh
Background:
The 'Scots Musical Museum' is the most important of the numerous eighteenth- and nineteenth-century collections of Scottish song. When the engraver James Johnson started work on the second volume of his collection in 1787, he enlisted Robert Burns as contributor and editor. Burns enthusiastically collected songs from various sources, often expanding or revising them, whilst including much of his own work. The resulting combination of innovation and antiquarianism gives the work a feel of living tradition.
Description:
A note next to the title informs the reader that this song was written by William Dudgeon (c. 1753-1813) who, according to Burns, was 'a respectable farmer's son in Berwickshire'. The tune is known to have been published in 1784 by the Reverend Patrick McDonald in his collection of Scots songs, under the title of 'Nighean doun nan gabhar' or 'The Maid that tends the Goats'.