Music Of The Waters - online book

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Music of the Waters.                  91
" Speed, bonnie boat, like a bird on the wing, Onward, the sailors cry, Carry the lad that's born to be king, Over the sea to Skye."
i. " Loud the winds howl, loud the waves roar, Thunder-clouds rend the air ; Baffled, our foes stand by the shore ; Follow, they will not dare. Speed, bonnie boat, &c."
2. " Though the waves leap, soft shall ye sleep ; Ocean's a royal bed ; Rocked in the deep, Flora will keep Watch by your weary head. Speed, bonnie boat, &c."
There are two more verses given by Mr. Boulton, and the Gaelic version is also to be found ; indeed, this is the case with nearly all the songs in this most charming of Scottish song-books. As my collection of Scotch water-songs is so very limited I feel the more grateful to the publishers for their kindness and courtesy in allowing me to make use of the " Skye Boat-Song:"

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