Familiar Songs - Their Authors & Histories

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One summer evening Burns was sitting with two friends in the inn at Brown Hill, when seeing a way-worn soldier pass the door, he called him in, and got him to relate his adventures. The recital resulted in the production of this song, after a fit of the abstrac­tion which always preceded Burns's composition.
Mr. Thomson having written that he should get Sir William Allan to paint a picture for the song, Burns wrote to him: "As to the point of time for the expression in your proposed print of my ' Sodger's Keturn,' it must certainly be at • she gazed, she reddened like a rose.' The interesting dubiety and suspense taking possession of her countenance, and the gushing fondness, with a mixture of roguish playfulness in his, strike me as things of which a master will make a great deal."
The name of the old air of this song is " The Mill, Mill 0." It is found in the " Crockat Manuscript," written in the beginning of the last century.
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