Lass of the Hill (The)

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LASS OF THE HILL, THE. Scottish, Air (3/4 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The song "Lass of the Hill" was a song by poetess Mary Jones [1] (1707-1778), first printed around 1742. The song proved popular and was reprinted in Calliope, or English Harmony, vol. 2 (1746, p. 73), The Muses Delight (1754, p. 166), and other songsters and on broadside sheets. The first couple of stanzas go:

At the brow of a Hill, a fair Shepherdess dwelt,
Who the Pangs of Ambition, of Love neer had felt;
A few sober Maxims, still run in her Head,
That twas best for to ern.

Eer she Eat her brown Bread;
That to rise with the Lark, was conducive to Health,
And to rest in a Cottage, contentment was wealth.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Oswald (Caledoninan Pocket Companion, Book 12), 1760; p. 23.

Recorded sources:

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