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The Witch Of Fife

  • (Iain MacCalman / James Hogg)

    Hurray, hurray, the jade's away
    Like a rocket of air with her bandalet
    I'm up in the air on my bonnie gray mare
    But I see her yet, I see her yet

    I'll ring the skirts o' the gowden wain
    Wi' curb and bit, wi' curb and bit
    And catch the Bear by the frozen mane
    And I see her yet, I see her yet

    Away, away o'er mountain and main
    To sing at the morning's rosy yett
    And water my mare in its fountain clear
    But I see her yet, I see her yet

    Away, thou bonnie witch o' Fife
    On foam of the air to heave and flit
    And little reck thou of the poet's life
    For he sees thee yet, he sees thee yet

    (as sung by The McCalmans)

Susannes Folksong-Notizen

  • [1970:] Born in Ettrick Forest, [James Hogg (1770-1835)] spent his early days as a shepherd, but he was discovered by Scott while collecting material for his 'Border Minstrelsy', and taken under that ample wing. He had almost no formal education, [...] but he soon became famous among the famous of his time - helped by his magnificent personality. He farmed most of his life and left a variety of notable works [...]. (Penguin Book of Scottish Verse 15f)

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