The links o’ love (John Blackwood McEwen)

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Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-11-15).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 463 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: The links o’ love
Composer: John Blackwood McEwen
Lyricist: Andrew Wanless
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: Lowland Scots
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1909 Novello and Co.

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Original text and translations

Lowland_Scots.png Lowland Scots text

The tide rns out and the tide comes in,
And the burnies rin to the sea,
As they wind their way by the bank and brae,
They sing to you and me.

How sweet is the bloom of the heather bell
And the gowan on the lea,
The blush o’ the flowers in sylvan bowers,
They smile to you and me.

The sun shines bright in the lift aboon,
And the birds sings sangs o’ glee,
On the grassy howe and the broomy knowe,
They sing to you and me.

They sing their sangs, their bonny sangs,
Till daylight shuts her e’e;
Then doon in the dell by the crystal well
My true love comes to me.

O, come to me, my own true love,
My heart is linked to thine;
The stars o’ night that shine sae bright
Tell me that you are mine.