Jessamine Bower (The)
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JESSAMINE BOWER, THE. Scottish, Air (whole time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. "Celia in a Jessamine Bower" is a song [Roud Broadside Index B120002]. in Allan Ramsay's Tea-Table Miscellany vol. 2: a collection of choice songs, Scots and English and in John Watt's Musical Miscellaney, vol. 1 (1729, pp. 172-73). The first two stanzas are:
When the bright God of day
Drove westward his ray,
And the evening was charming and clear,
The swallows amain
Nimbly skim o'er the plain,
And our shadows like giants appear.
In a jassamine bower,
When the bean was in flower,
And Zephyrs breath'd odours around,
Lov'd Celia she sat
With her song and spinet,
And she charm'd all the grove with her sound.
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: Oswald (Caledonian Pocket Companion, Book 12), 1760; p. 24.