Blood Red Rose (The)

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BLOOD-RED ROSE (To Daunton Me). AKA and see "Moran's Return." Irish, Scottish; Slow Air (4/4 time). D Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. In 1788 Robert Burns (1759-1796) composed a song to this melody by the title “To Daunton Me,” printed in Thompson’s Scots Musical Museum (1797), which begins:

The blude-red rose at Yule may blaw,
The simmer lilies bloom in snaw,
The frost may freeze the deepest sea;'

But an auld man shall never daunton me.

See also O'Farrell's "To Daunton Me", of which O'Neill's air seems to be a direct development of.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 383, p. 67.

Recorded sources:

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