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This beautiful song was very popular, both in England and the colonies. It was composed by John Tait, a writer to the Signet, and, for some time, a judge in one of the minor courts at Edinburgh. It is adapted to the Irish air called Langolee. The song has often, though erroneously, been attributed to the Rev. John Home, author of the tragedy of " Douglass." It was first printed in the Pennsylvania Ledger, at Philadelphia, and also inserted in Wilson's collection, published at Edinburgh in 1779, with some additional stanzas, written by a lady; but her verses are far inferior to the original.
BANKS OF THE DEE.1
'Twas summer, and softly the breezes were blowing, And sweetly the nightingale sang from the tree. At the foot of a hill, where the river was flowing, I sat myself down on the banks of the Dee.2