O I hae seen the roses blaw
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O I HAE SEEN THE ROSES BLAW. AKA - "Roses Blaw (The)." English, Scottish; Song Tune (6/8 time) and Jig. A Mixolydian (Gunn): G Mixolydian (Bruce & Stokoe): G Major (Raven). Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Bruce & Stokoe): AABB (Raven). Bayard (1981) finds this tune to be the ancestor of his Pennsylvania-collected "Oho Oho I've Found You Out." The lyric, as printed in The Musical Banquet of Songs (1790), begins:
O! I hae seen the roses blaw,
The heather bloom the broom and a',
The lily spring as white as snaw,
Wi' a' their native splendor.
Yet Mary's sweeter on the green,
As fresh an' fair as Flora queen,
Mair stately than the branching bean,
Or like the ivy slender. In nature like a summer day,
Transcendent as a sunny ray,
Her shape and air is frank an' gay,
Wi' a' that's sweet an' tender.
Source for notated version:
Bruce & Stokoe (Northumbrian Minstrelsy), 1882; pp. 84–85.
William Gunn (The Caledonian Repository of Music Adapted for the Bagpipes), Glasgow, 1848; p. 78.
Raven (English Country Dance Tunes), 1984; p. 114.