The LiederNet Archive
WARNING. Not all the material on this website is in the public domain.
It is illegal to copy and distribute our copyright-protected material without permission.
For more information, contact us at the following address:
licenses (AT) lieder (DOT) net

The tither morn

Language: Scottish (Scots)

The tither morn,
When I, forlorn,
Aneath an aik sat moaning;
I did na trow,
I'd see my jo,
Beside me 'gain the glo'ming,
But he sae trig,
Lap o'er the rig,
And dawtingly did chear me;
When I, what reck,
Did least expect,
To see my lad sae near me.

His bonnet he,
A thought ajee,
Cock'd sprush when first he clasp'd me;
And I, I wat,
Wi' fainness grat,
While in his grips he press'd me;
De'il tak the war,
I late and air
Ha'e wish'd since Jock departed;
But now as glad
I'm wi' my lad,
As shortsyne broken-hearted.

Fu' aft at e'en,
Wi' dancing keen,
When a' were blyth and merry,
I car'd na by,
Sae sad was I,
In absence o' my deary;
But praise be blest!
My mind's at rest,
I'm happy wi' my Johnny:
At kirk and fair,
I'se ay be there;
And be as canty's ony.

Translation(s): GER

List of language codes


Tither = other
Aik = oak
Trig = spruce, neat
Rig = leapt over the ridge
Dawtingly = fondly
Ajee = to one side
Sprush = sprucely
Wat = knew
Fainness = joy
Grat = wept
Air = early
Shortsyne = lately, not long ago
Fu' aft = very often
I car'd na by = I was indifferent
As canty's ony = as cheerful as any

Submitted by Ferdinando Albeggiani


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

Settings in other languages:

Text added to the website: 2013-03-25.
Last modified: 2015-05-04 10:25:42
Line count: 36
Word count: 154

Gentle Reminder
This website began in 1995 as a personal project, and I have been working on it full-time without a salary since 2008. Our research has never had any government or institutional funding, so if you found the information here useful, please consider making a donation. Your gift is greatly appreciated.
     - Emily Ezust

Browse (Petrucci Music Library) for Lieder or choral works