The Bonnie Hind
On Autumn Harvest AH 002
Old Songs & Bothy Ballads - Here's a Health to the Company
- Norman Stewart sings:
A ballad that has only been discovered once in the English language - by David Herd, a native of St Cyrus in Kincardineshire, who was supplied with the text ‘as copied from the mouth of a milkmaid in 1771’. The story - one of unintentional incest - is closely related to that of the Scandinavian ballad Margaret found in Faroe and in Iceland. No traditional tune is known but several singers have recently given new life to the ballad. Norman’s version came from hearing Martin Carthy sing the ballad some years ago and putting this together with the text as in Francis J Child’s The English and Scottish Popular Ballads (Child 50).
|1: The may she comes, the may she goes,
Down by the hollin tree,
There she seen a brisk young squire,
As fair, as fair was he;
The may she comes, the may she goes,
Down by the hollin tree;
And there she's seen a brisk young squire,
As fair, as fair was he.
c p 2005 Autumn Harvest AH002