O'er the moor to Maggy (Harriett Abrams)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2022-12-01).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 102 kB   Copyright: CC BY SA
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General Information

Title: O'er the moor to Maggy
Composer: Harriett Abrams
Lyricist: Allan Ramsay
Number of voices: 3vv   Voicings: SSB or TTB
Genre: SecularGlee

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: c.1795 (n/d)
Description: Abrams' harmonization of a Scottish song, for performance as a glee.

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Original text and translations

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And I'll o'er the moor to Maggy,
Her wit and sweetness call me;
Then to my fair I'll shew my mind,
Whatever may befall me.
If she love mirth I'll learn to sing;
Or like the nine to follow,
I'll lav my lugs in Pindus' spring
And invocate Apollo.

If she admire a martial mind,
I'll sheath my limbs in armour;
If to the softer dance inclin'd,
With gayest airs I'll charm her.
If she love grandeur, day and night
I'll plot my nation's glory,
Find favour in my prince's sight,
And shine in future story.

Beauty can wonders work with ease,
Where wit is corresponding;
And bravest men know best to please
With complaisance abounding.
My bonny Maggy's love can turn
Me to what shape she pleases;
If in her breast that flame shall burn
Which in my bosom blazes.