Lady Ann Bothwel's Lament

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X:1 T:Lady Ann Bothwel’s Lament M:3/4 L:1/8 R:Air B:William Thomson - Orpheus Caledonius, vol. 2 (1733, No. 17, p. 69) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:G d2|B A/G/ G3 {GA}B|{A}G {F}E D3e|d c/B/ cBA G|AB/>d/ e3d| B A/G/ G3{GA}B|{G}E>G D3e|d c/B/ cBA G|{A}B>d e2|| d2|d/c/ B/c/ d3e|/c/ B/c/ d3d|e g g2 {ga}b2|{g}e>d d3g| d/B/ A/G/ E3G|D/E/ G e3d|d/B/ A/G/ G>A B/A/ B/d/|A>G G2||



LADY ANN BOTHWEL'S LAMENT. Scottish, Air (3/4 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. The words to the cautionary song (a woman bemoans her and her child's abandonment by a faithless father), as printed by Thomson (1733), begin:

Below, my Boy, lie still and sleep,
It grieves me sore to hear thee weep;
If thou'll be silent, I'll be glad,
Thy Mourning makes my Heart full sad.
Below, my Boy, thy Mother's Joy,
Thy Father bred me great Annoy.
Below, &c.

Below, my Darling, sleep a while,
And when thou wake's, then sweetly smile;
But smile not as thy Father did,
To cozen Maids, nay God forbid:
For in thine Eye, his Look I see,
The tempting Look that ruin'd me.
Below, &c.



Additional notes

Source for notated version: -

Printed sources : - William Thomson (Orpheus Caledonius, vol. 2), 1733; No. 18, p. 69

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