Music for Strings (page 2) by Joseph John (Joop) Visser
on older Scottish Tunes with texts by
Robert Burns


Page 78 from: The Scots Musical Museum, Volume I



Following sheet music is the adaptation for bells by Joseph John Visser.
Written for Auke de Boer, the carillon player of Dokkum, Groningen and Assen in the Netherlands.

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Green Grows the Rashes

Green grow the Rashes, O;

Green grow the rashes, O;

The sweetest hours that e'er I spend,

Are spent amang the lasses, O

There's nought but care on ev'ry han', In ev'ry hour that passes, O;
What signifies the life o' man, An' twere not for the lassa, O.

The warly race may riches chase, An' riches still may fly them, O;
An', tho' at last they catch them fast, Their hearts can ne'er enjoy them, O.

But' gie me a canny hour at e'en, My arms about my Dearie, O;
An' warly' cares, an' warly men, May a' gae tapfalteerie,O.

For you sae douse! ye sneer at this, Ye'er nought but senseles asses, O;
The wisest Man, the warl' saw, He dearly lov'd the lasses, O.

Auld Nature swears, the lovely Dears, Her noblest work she classes, O;
Her prentice han' she try'd on man, An' then she made the lasses, O

from the 'Illustrations':

The air of this song is old; a bad set of it occurs in Oswald's first Collection, 1740; but he seems to have forgot that the tune had been used as a reel as well as a song, in Scotland, time out of memory. Some fragments of the ancient song are still preserved. It begins,

We're a' dry wi' drinking o't,
We're a' dry wi' drinking o't;
The parson kist the fiddler's wife,
And cou'dna preach for thinking o't.
Green grow the rashes, O,
Green grow the rashes, O:
A feather-bed is nae sae saft,
as a bed anmang the rashes,O

The remaining lines are quite unfit for insertion, but the song seems to have been one of those burlesque and sly satires on the real or supposed profligacy of the priests prior to the reformation. The tune, however, appears to have been quoted in the Complaint of Scotland, in 1549. The verses in the Museum were written by Burns, and, if I rightly remember, it was the first song which he contributed to that work.


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