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IF THE KIRK WOULD LET ME BE. AKA and see "An the Kirk Wad Let Me Be." Scottish, Air (9/8 time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). Appears in full in the Guthrie MS. of the late seventeenth century. Guthrie, a covenenting minister who was beheaded in 1661, was probably no friend to dance music, and Alburger (1983) speculates that some wag sewed the music MS. pages into one of his books of sermons. The melody appears in the Gillespie Manuscript of Perth (1768, p. 99).

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