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Good Night, An' Joy Be Wi Ye A'

Scottish Song By James Hogg

Good Night, An' Joy Be Wi Ye A' is a poem written by James Hogg (1770 – 1835) a Scottish poet, novelist and essayist who wrote in both Scots and English.

As a young man he worked as a shepherd and farmhand, and was largely self-educated through reading. He was a friend of many of the great writers of his day, including Sir Walter Scott, of whom he later wrote an unauthorised biography. He became widely known as the "Ettrick Shepherd".


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Joy Be Wi' Ye

Good Night, An' Joy Be Wi Ye A' By James Hogg

The year is wearin' to the wane,
An' day is fadin' west awa',
Loud raves the torrent an' the rain,
An' dark the cloud comes down the shaw
But let the tempest tout an' blaw,
Upon his loudest winter horn,
Good night an' joy be wi' you a',
We'll maybe meet again the morn.

O we ha'e wander'd far an' wide,
O'er Scotia's land of firth an' fell,
An' mony a simple flower we've cull'd,
An' twined them wi' the heather-bell:
We've ranged the dingle an' the dell,
The hamlet an' the baron's ha',
Now let us tak' a kind farewell,
Good night an' joy be wi' you a'!

Ye ha'e been kind as I was keen,
An' follow'd where I led the way,
Till ilka poet's lore we've seen
Of this an' mony a former day.
If e'er I led your steps astray,
Forgi'e your minstrel ance for a';
A tear fa's wi' his parting lay-
Good night an' joy be wi' you a'!


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Good Night, An' Joy Be Wi Ye A'
Good Night, An' Joy Be Wi Ye A', From Glen Collection Of Printed Music, Scotish Minstrel, Volumes 4-6, Page 104, c. 1820-1824


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