Mair the Morn
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MAIR THE MORN. Scottish, Slip Jig (9/8 time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. The music is from Edinburgh musician John Anderson's 1820 collection. "Mair the morn" (more in the morning) is a popular phrase. There was a ballad air called "Plenty the night and mair the morn", and "Mair the Morn" is also the name of a later poem by Berwickshire poet Robert McLean Calder (1841-1895). It begins:
What's the use o' sittin' whinin'
At the lot we hae to dree?
A' oor greif is mair than useless
Gin we'll only think a wee;
We had better thole the present,
Nourishin' a hope inborn,
That tho' present joys hae vanished,
There will may-be mair the morn.
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: Anderson (Anderson's Budget of Strathspeys, Reels & Country Dances for the German Flute or Violin) 1820; p. 6.