Hawthorn that blooms in the Vale (1) (The)

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HAWTHORN THAT BLOOMS IN THE VALE [1], THE. AKA - "Bonny Hawthorn (The)." Scottish, English; Air (2/4 time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). One part. A popular broadside ballad [Roud 9268] in Scotland and northern England. It begins:

Last midsummer morning as going to the fair,
I met with young Jamie, was taking the air;
He asked me to stay, and indeed he did prevail,
Beneath the pretty hawthorn that blooms in the vale,
Beneath the pretty hawthorn that blooms in the vale.

The melody was entered into the c. 1780 music copybook of fife player John Fife, who may have lived in Perthshire (although there is refernces to battles in Caribbean and the Mediterranean).

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Aird (Selection of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs, vol. 5), Glasgow, 1797; No. 32, p. 12.

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