Black Haired Nymph Forsake Me Not

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BLACK HAIRED NYMPH FORSAKE ME NOT (Mo nighean dubh na tréig mi). Scottish, Slow Air (4/4 time). E Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. "There are various sets of words to this air. When delicately sung it forms one of the prettiest songs belonging to the Highlands. The best words to it, the editor thinks, are by the Reverend Mr. Morrison, late Minister of Petty, in Inverness-shire, then missionary at Ambleree, in Perthshire, and addressed to a Miss Haggart, whom he afterwards married. It was extremely well sung by the editor's father. General S. Fraser, late second in command in Scotland, had a black servant who sung it so well that his master frequently called him in for that purpose when there were Highlanders present" (Fraser).

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Fraser (The Airs and Melodies Peculiar to the Highlands of Scotland and the Isles), 1816/1874; No. 142, p. 57.

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