Familiar Songs - Their Authors & Histories

300 traditional songs, inc sheet music with full piano accompaniment & lyrics.

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O Nannie, wilt thou gang wi' me,
Nor sigh to leave the flaunting town? Can silent glens have charms for thee,
The lowly cot and russet gown? No longer drest in silken sheen,
No longer decked with jewels rare, Say, canst thou quit each courtly scene,
Where thou wert fairest of the fair?
O Nannie, when thou'rt far awa,'
Wilt thou not cast a look behind? Say, canst thou face the flaky snaw,
Nor shrink before the winter wind ? Oh, can that soft and gentle mien
Severest hardships learn to bear, Nor, sad, regret each courtly scene
Where thou were fairest of the fair ?
O Nannie, canst thou love so true,
Through perils keen wi' me to go ? Or when thy swain mishap shall rue,
To share with him the pang of woe ? Say, should disease or pain befall,
Wilt thou assume the nurse's care, Nor, wistful, those gay scenes recall,
Where thou were fairest of the fair?
And when at last thy love shall die,
Wilt thou receive his parting breath? Wilt thou repress each struggling sigh,
And cheer with smiles the bed of death? And wilt thou o'er his breathless clay
Strew flowers, and drop the tender tear; Nor then regret those scenes so gay
Where thou wert fairest of the fair?

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