Familiar Songs - Their Authors & Histories

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* I cared not for Crummie, I thought but o' thee— I thought it was Crummie stood 'twixt you and
me; While she fed your parents, oh, did you not say You never would marry wi' auld Robin Gray ?
" But sickness at hame, and want at the door — You gied me your hand, while your heart it was
sore; I saw it was sore, — why took I her hand ? Oh, that was a deed to my shame o'er the land !
" How truth soon or late comes to open daylight! For Jamie cam' back, and your cheek it grew
white — White, white grew your cheek, but aye true unto
me — Ay, Jennie, I'm thankfu' — I'm thankfu' to dee.
"Is Jamie come here yet?" — and Jamie they
saw — " I've injured you sair, lad, so leave you my a';
Be kind to my Jeanie, and soon may it be : Waste nae time, my dauties.f in mourning for
They kissed his cauld hands, and a smile o'er his
face Seemed hopefu' of being accepted by grace; "Oh, dOURtna," said Jamie, "forgi'en he will
be — Wha wouldna be tempted, my love, to win thee ? '" ******
The first days were dowie while time slipt awa'. But saddest and sairest to Jennie o' a', Was thinkin' she couldna be honest and right, Wi' tears in her e'e while her heart was sae light.
But nae guile had she, and her sorrow away, The wife o' her Jamie, the tear couldna stay ; A bonnie wee bairn — the auld folks by the fire — Oh, now she has a' that her heart can desire.
t Darlings.
Frederick William Thomas, author of the words of the song which follows, was born in Providence, Rhode Island, October 25, 1808. He passed his infancy in Charleston, South Carolina, and his youth in Baltimore. In 1830, he removed to Cincinnati. Later he re­moved again to the South. He has been a lawyer, an editor, a professor, a Methodist min­ister, a librarian, a lecturer, and a stump speaker; and through and amid all of these call­ings, he has been a very prolific writer of prose and verse, At the close of the war he was editing The South Carolinian, at Columbia.
The familiar verses " 'Tis said that absence conquers love," appeared about 1830, and were set to music by E. Thomas.