Poet's Grave (The)
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POET'S GRAVE, THE (Uaigh a'Bhaird). Scottish, Slow Air (3/4 time). A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. "'The Poet's Grave' is a delightful, solemn dirge, the editor never heard from any other but his father, repeated on his frist reading Dr. Currie's edition of Burns, which gives such a moving picture of the bard's fate. No single instrument but the organ can do it full justice, but it must be delightful with either a full vocal or instrumental harmony" (Fraser). The tune was used for the Scots Gaelic hymn "Aslachadh air son Beannachd" (Supplication for Blessing) in MacBean's Songs and Hymns of the Scottish Highlands (1888).
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: Fraser (The Airs and Melodies Peculiar to the Highlands of Scotland and the Isles), 1816; No. 101, p. 39.