The Braes o' Balquidder (Traditional)

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Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-11-17).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 445 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: The Braes o' Balquidder
Composer: Anonymous (Traditional)
Arranger: William Beatton Moonie
Tune: Traditional Scottish

Lyricist: Robert Tannahill
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB, some divisi and SATB solos
Genre: SecularPartsongFolksong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1924 Bruce, Clements and Co.

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Original text and translations

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Will ye go, lassie, go
To the Braes o’ Balquhidder?
Where the blaeberries grow,
’Mang the bonnie bloomin’ heather;
Where the deer and the rae,
Lightly bounding together,
Sport the lang summer day
’Mang the Braes o’ Balquhidder.
Will ye go, lassie, go?

I will twine thee a bower
By the clear silver fountain,
An’ I’ll cover it o’er
Wi’ the flowers o’ the mountain;
I will range thro’ the wilds,
An’ the deep glens sae dreary,
An’ return wi’ their spoils
To the bower o’ my deary.
Will ye go, lassie, go?

Now the summer’s in prime,
Wi’ the flowers richly bloomin’,
An’ the wild mountain thyme
A’ the moorlands perfumin’,–
To our dear native scenes
Let us journey together,
Where glad innocence reigns
’Mang the Braes o’ Balquhidder.
Will ye go, lassie, go?