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Mo Nighean Dubh (My Dark‑haired Maiden)

Language: English

Mo nighean dubh, the hills are bright,
And on this last and lovely night,
I'd fain frae auld Knockgowan's height
Look owre the glen wi' thee,
Never mair we'll tread its heather,
Never doun the lea
Liltin' will we shear thegither,
Fu' of mirth and glee,
Fortune's blasts o' wintry weather
Drive us owre the sea,
But lang's we're blest wi' ane anither,
Fie! let fears gae flee.
Yet see, my dear, the hills are bright,
And on this last and lovely night,
I'd fain frae auld Knockgowan's height
Look owre the glen wi' thee.

Mo nighean dubh, 'twas there we met,
And o! that hour is precious yet,
When first my honest vow could get
Love's tearfu' smile frae thee,
Hearts were pledged ere either knew it,
What's to be maun be,
Mine was tint ere I could trow o't
Wi' that glancing e'e.
Dear Knockgowan and the view o't
Ne'er again we'll see,
O let me gang and tak' adieu o't,
Laoth ma chree wi' thee,
Mo nighean dubh, 'twas there we met,
And o! that hour is precious yet,
When first my honest vow could get
Love's tearfu' smile frae thee.


Glossary:
Mo nighean dubh = my dark-haired maiden
frae = from
mair = more
liltin' = singing
shear = climb
thegither = together
lang's = as long as
maun = must
tint = lost
Laoth ma chree = a term of endearment

Submitted by Guy Laffaille [Guest Editor]

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Text added to the website: 2009-08-25 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:20

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