Mairi's wedding (Traditional)

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  • (Posted 2006-02-04)  CPDL #10924:  Network.png PDF and MIDI files available.
Editor: Adriano Secco (submitted 2006-02-04).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 254 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: arr. Adriano Secco

General Information

Title: Mairi's wedding
Composer: Anonymous (Traditional)

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularFolksong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

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Original text and translations

Lowland_Scots.png Scottish Gaelic text

Thuit mi ann an gaol an raoir,
Bha mo chridhe shuas air beinn,
Màiri Bhàn ri m' thaobh a' seinn;
Tha mi 'dol 'ga pòsadh.

'S i mo ghaol-sa Màiri Bhàn
Màiri bhòidheach sgeul mo dhàin,
Gaol mo chridh'-sa Màiri Bhàn,
'S tha mi 'dol 'ga pòsadh.

'S ann aig céilidh aig a' Mhòd
Thachair mise ris an òigh'
'S i-se choisinn am Bonn Òir;
'S tha mi 'dol 'ga pòsadh.

Bi mo ghaol do Mhàiri Bhàn
Dìleas, dùrachail gu bràth,
Seinnidh sinn d'a chéil' ar gràdh;
'S tha mi 'dol 'ga pòsadh.

English.png English text

1. Over hillways up and down
Myrtle green and bracken brown,
Past the sheilings through the town
All for sake of Mairi.

Step we gaily, on we go
Heel for heel and toe for toe,
Arm in arm and row on row
All for Mairi's wedding.

2. Red her cheeks as rowans are
Bright her eyes as any star,
Fairest o' them all by far
Is our darlin' Mairi.

3. Plenty herring, plenty meal
Plenty peat to fill her creel,
Plenty bonny bairns as weel
That's the toast for Mairi.

Translated by Sir Hugh S. Roberton, 1936 from the original Gaelic
(Mairi's Wedding)