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SLEEP ON TILL DAY (Caidil gu la). AKA - "Lullaby of an Infant Chief." Scottish, Slow Air (3/4 time). C Major (Gow, Martin): E Flat Major (Fraser). Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Gow/Fraser): AAB (Martin). "Very old" and “Supposed a Skye Air” (Gow). "The editor begs leave to call the attention of the public to the difference betwixt this air, as communicated in Albyn's Anthology, and the genuine set from the singing of Mr. Fraser of Culduthel and the editor's progenitor, here inserted. These airs must be correctly communicated, and form a standard before the poet should have anything to do with them. This also is the only other air which met the approbation of Mr. George Thomson, with 'The Sequestered Beauty'" (Fraser).

According to Malcolm MacFarlane (Celtic Monthly, vol. 10, p. 115) the air and song is closely associated with nursing and milking, used to sooth during the tasks. The Gaelic words go:

O ho ro ì ri ri, Baidil gu lò;
O ho ro ì ri ri, Caidil gu lò.

'S e m' eudail am fleasgach
Ghabh air falbh air an fheasgar,
O, tha mi fo bhreialich
'Ma sheasnas an ceò.

Dol a null air an fhadhaill,
Gu'n deanainn mo roghainn;
Bhiodh eàch ari a dheaghaidh,

'S mo roghainn air tòs.

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Campbell (Albyn's Anthology), 1816; p. 25 (as "Lullaby of an Infant Chief"). Carlin (The Gow Collection), 1986; No. 560. Fraser (The Airs and Melodies Peculiar to the Highlands of Scotland and the Isles), 1816; No. 179, p. 73. Gow (Complete Repository, Part 3), 1806; p. 8. MacDonald (The Gesto Collection), 1895. Martin (Ceol na Fidhle, vol. 1), 1991; p. 8. William Morrison (Collection of Highland music, consisting of strathspeys, reels, marches, waltzes & slow airs), c. 1813; p. 36.

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