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The Flowery Banks Of Cree

Scottish Poem

The Flowery Banks Of Cree (also known as Here Is The Glen) is the title of the Scottish poem written by Robert Burns in 1794, found in The Book of Scottish Song (1843) edited by Alexander Whitelaw.

In a letter to Thomson, Burns says,

"I got air, pretty enough, composed by Lady Elizabeth Heron of Heron, which she calls 'The banks of Cree.' Cree is a beautiful romantic stream; and as her Ladyship is a particular friend of mine, I have written the following song to it."

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The Flowery Banks Of Cree By Robert Burns

Here is the glen, and here the bower,
All underneath the birchen shade;
The village bell has told the hour,-
O what can stay my lovely maid?

'Tis not Maria's whispering call;
'Tis but the balmy-breathing gale,
Mix'd with some warbler's dying fall,
The dewy star of eve to hail.

It is Maria's voice I hear!
So calls the woodlark in the grove,
His little faithful mate to cheer,
At once 'tis music-and 'tis love.

And art thou come! and art thou true!
O welcome dear to love and me!
And let us all our vows renew,
Along the flowery banks of Cree.


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The Flowery Banks Of Cree printed copy of the song
The Flowery Banks Of Cree, From Glen Collection Of Printed Music, Banquet Of Euphrosyne, Page 93, 1811


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