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Saw ye my father

Language: English after the English

"O saw ye my father, or saw ye my mither, 
"Or saw ye my true love John?"
"I saw nae your father, I saw nae your mither, 
"But I saw your true love John."

"It's now ten at night, and the stars gie nae light, 
"And the bells they ring ding dang;
"He's met wi' some delay, that causes him to stay, 
"But he will be here ere lang."

"Flee up, flee up, my bonny gray cock, 
"And craw when it is day;
"And your neck shall be like the bonny-beaten gold, 
"And your wings of the silver grey!"

The cock proved false, and untrue he was, 
For he crew an hour o'er soon;
The lassie thought it day, when she sent her love away, 
And it was but a blink o' the moon.

Submitted by Ferdinando Albeggiani

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Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Text added to the website: 2012-07-03.
Last modified: 2016-01-12 17:03:58
Line count: 16
Word count: 134

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