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The Braes Of Balquhither

Scottish Song By Robert Tannahill

The Braes Of Balquhither (pronounced "balwhidder", with the 'wh' being pronounced as in 'what') (also known as The Braes Of Balquhidder and The Braes Of Balquidder) is a folk song by Scottish poet Robert Tannahill (1774-1810), a contemporary of Robert Burns 1759-1796, Set to the air "Bochuiddar".

Tannahill's original song, first published in Robert Archibald Smith's Scottish Minstrel (1821-24), is about the hills (braes) around Balquhidder near Lochearnhead.

Like Burns, Tannahill collected and adapted traditional songs, and "The Braes Of Balquhither" may have been based on the traditional song "The Braes O' Bowhether".

The lyrics and melody are a variant of the song Wild Mountain Thyme (also known as "Purple Heather" and "Will Ye Go, Lassie, Go?") a Scottish folk song that was collected by Francis McPeake 1st.

Related Scottish Country Dances

Braes Of Balquhidder (18C Dances)
Braes Of Balquhidder (MacNab)
Wild Mountain Thyme (Paterson)

The Braes Of Balquhither By Robert Tannahill

Let us go, lassie, go
To the braes o' Balquhither,
Where the blae-berries grow
'Mang the bonnie Highland heather;
Where flie deer and the rae
Lightly bounding together,
Sport the lang summer day
On the braes o' Balquhither.

I will twine thee a bower,
By the clear siller fountain,
And I'll cover it o'er
Wi' the flowers o' the mountain;
I will range through the wilds,
And the deep glens sae dreary,
And return wi' their spoils.
To the bower o' my deary.

When the rude wintry win'
Idly raves round our dwelling,
And the roar of the linn
On the night breeze is swelling,
So merrily we'll sing,
As the storm rattles o'er us,
'Till the dear sheeling ring
Wi' the light lilting chorus.

Now the summer is in prime,
Wi' the flowers richly blooming,
And the wild mountain thyme
A' the moorlands perfuming;
To our dear native scenes
Let us journey together,
Where glad innocence reigns
'Mang the braes o' Balquhither.

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Robert Tannahill
Scottish Poet Robert Tannahill (1774-1810)

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