Letter to James Johnson, November 1787

… These lines will set [to the tune better thus] than as they are printed.- 

To the song in the first Volume, “Here awa there awa,” added this verse, the best in the song- 

“Gin ye meet my love, kiss her and clap her,

“An gin ye meet my love, dinna think shame: 

“Gin ye meet my love, kiss her and clap her,

“And shew her the way to had awa hame.” 

There is room enough on the plate for it.- 

For the tune of the Scotch queen, in Oswald; take the two first, and the two last stanzas of the Poem entitled, The Lament, in Burns’ Poems; which . . . To daunton me – 

“The blude red rose at yule may blaw,

“The simmer lilies bloom in snaw, 

“The frost may freeze the deepest sea

“But an auld man shall never daunton me, 

Chorus- 

“To daunton me,to daunton me, 

“An auld man shall never daunton me.”- 

‘the chorus is set to the first part of the tune, which just suits it, en once play’d or sung over.-

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