Rosebud by my early walk (2) (A)

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ROSEBUD BY MY EARLY WALK [2], A. Scottish, Slow Air (4/4 time). G Minor (Johnson): A Minor (Neil). Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The air is by David Sillar, a merchant and then a schoolmaster at Irvine, to which his friend Robert Burns wrote words in honor of Miss Janet (Jeannie) Cruickshank. Jeannie was the twelve-year-old daughter of William Cruickshank, in whose Edinburgh home Burns resided for a time after his return from his Highland tour. She was a talented pianist and singer and helped the poet refine his lyrics by playing the Scottish melodies he chose and singing the verses he had adapted to them for the Scots Musical Museum. As a public token of thanks to Jeannie he sent copies of the song to his friends.

A rosebud by my early walk
A down a corn in closed bawk
Sae gently bent its thorny stalk
All on a dewy morning.
Ere twice the shades o' dawn are fled
In a' its crimson glory spread
And drooping rich the dewy head,
It scents the early morning.

Later the song was set to a 6/8 time air, an adaptation of "Shepherd's Wife (2) (The)” (see "Rosebud by my early walk (1)."

Additional notes

Source for notated version: -

Printed sources : - Neil (The Scots Fiddle), 1991; No. 181, p. 235. Johnson (Scots Musical Museum, vol. 2), 1788; Song 189, p. 197.

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