Bonnie Sailor (The)

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X:1 % T:Bonny Sailor, The M:C L:1/8 R:Air B:Calliope (1782, Song 141, pp. 266-267) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:G Bc|d2g2d2g2|d3c B2d2|e2c2 (dB) (AG)|(FG) (AB) A2 (Bc)| d2g2d2g2|d3c B2g2|(gf) (ed) (A^c) (ce)|d3 e d2 (Bc)|d3 e c3c| (Bd) (cB) A2 (Bc)|d2d2 (ed) (cB)|(AG) (AB) A2D2|G2c2d2 (cB)| (ef) (ef) !fermata!g2 (fe)|d2 G2c2B2|(AG) (AB) G2 B2|(AG) (AB) G2B2| c2d2g2 (fe)|d2B2G2d2|(eg) fa g2 (dc)|B2G2G2z2||

BONNIE SAILOR, THE. AKA and see "Marlborough House." English, Air (cut time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. The melody, as entered by Cumbrian musician John Rook into his 1840 music manuscript collection, seems to be a song air adapted from a country dance tune printed in the Dancing Master early in the 18th century. The song version was printed in Calliope, or the Musical Miscellany (1788, Song 141, pp. 266-267), The Goldfinch, or, New modern songster (1782), Roundelay: Or the New Siren (1783) and other such later 18th century songsters. The song begins:

My bonny sailor's won my mind!
My heart is now with him at sea;
I hope the summer's western breeze
Will bring him safely back to me!
I wish to hear what glorious toils;
What dangers he has undergone:
What forts he storm'd, how great the spoils
From France and Spain my sailor's won.

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