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IF E'ER YE DO WELL IT'S A WONDER. AKA and see "How blest was the hour." Scottish, Slow Air (3/4 time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The air and song were originally published by James Oswald and appear in his Curious Collection of Scots Tunes (1740), dedicated to the Duke of Perth. John Glen (Early Scottish Melodies {1900}) suggests "If e'er ye do well its a wonder" "probably may refer to another song than the one in the [Scots Musical] Museum, which is taken from the fourth volume of [Allen] Ramsay's Tea Table Miscellany." Classical composer Franz Joseph Haydn also arranged a setting of this air.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: McGibbon (Scots Tunes, Book 1), c. 1762; p. 27. James Oswald (Caledonian Pocket Companion, vol. 1), 1760; p. 27.

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