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Bonnie Was Yon Rosie Briar
By Robert Burns, arranged by the Tannahill Weavers

The melody of this love song originated in Brittany.  This part of the world, famous for its beautiful music, has a great cultural affinity with Scotland, Ireland and Wales but unfortunately we still couldn't manage the Bretagne lyric.  However, we managed to find a Scottish poem which "married" the melody with hesitation or shotgun.

Seeking the shade (a likely story), the two lovers conduct their courtship under a rose bush.  A love affair which must have ended, if not begun, very painfully.

Many thanks to Pichtogorn Buree from Paris for the melody and Robert Burns for the poem.


Yon rosebuds in the morning dew
How pure amang the leaves sae green
But purer was the lover's vow
They witnessed in their shade yestreen


Bonnie was yon rosie briar
That bloomed sae far from haunt o' man
Bonnie she and o' how dear
It shaded frae the evening sun

All in its rude and prickly bower
That crimson rose, how sweet and fair
But love is far the fairer flower
Amid life's thorny path o' care




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