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The Best Songs Of All Nations For Young People With Sheet Music & Lyrics.

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10 Songs That Every Child Should Know
And surely you '11 be your pint stoup,
As surely I '11 be mine, And we '11 tak' a cup o' kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.
For auld lang syne, etc.
Auld Robin Gray
In a letter to Sir Walter Scott, Lady Anne Lindsay tells how she wrote these words to fit an air that was a favorite of her sister's. After Lady Anne had written several stanzas she said to a younger sister who was present, " I have been writing a ballad, my dear. I have been oppressing my heroine with many misfortunes. I have already sent her Jamie to sea, and broken her father's arm, and made her mother fall sick, and given her Auld Robin Gray for her lover, but I wish to load her with a fifth sorrow within the four lines — poor thing! Help me to one." "Steal the cow, sister Anne," said the little Elizabeth. " The cow was immediately lifted by me," Lady Anne adds, "and the song completed." The air to which the words were originally written is the air used here. An air that is more familiar was composed by the Rev. William Leeves.
"Words by Lady Anne Lindsay. Tune, The Bridegroom Grai. Andante.
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