Familiar Songs - Their Authors & Histories

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I'm wearin' awa', John,
Like snaw-wreaths in thaw, John ;
I'm wearin' awa'
To the Land o' the Leal. There's nae sorrow there, John, There's neither cauld nor care, John ; The day is aye fair
In the Land o' the Leal.
Our bonnie bairn's there, John, She was baith guid and fair, John, And, oh! we grudged her sair
To the Land o' the Leal. But sorrow's sel' wears past, John, And joy's a-comin' fast, John; The joy that's aye to last
In the Land o' the Leal.
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Sae dear's that joy was bought, John,
Sae free the battle fought, John,
That sinfu' man e'er brought
To the Land o' the Leal. Oh ! dry your glist'nin' e'e, John, My saul langs to be free, John, And angels beckon me
To the Land o' the Leal.
Oh! haud ye leal and true, John, Your day's wearin' through, John, And I'll welcome you
To the Land o' the Leal. Now fare-ye-weel, my ain John, This world's cares are vain, John, We'll meet, and we'll be fain
In the Land o' the Leal.
Time out of mind this tune has been played at the breaking up of social parties in Scot­land, and some of her ablest song-writers have written words to be sung to it, ail of them founded upon an old farewell melody called " Armstrong's Good-Night."
The most familiar version is that of Sir Alexander Boswell, Bart. He was the eldest son of the biographer of Dr. Johnson, and was born in Scotland, October 9,1775, and was educated