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English source: William Soutar

O! shairly ye hae seen my love
Down whaur the waters wind:
He walks like ane wha fears nae man
And yet his e’en are kind.

O! shairly ye hae seen my love
At the turnin o’ the tide;
For then he gethers in the nets
[Doun be]1 the waterside.

O! lassie I hae seen your love
At the turnin o’ the tide;
And he was wi’ the fisher-folk
[Doun be]1 the waterside.

The fisher-folk were at their trade
No far frae Walnut Grove;
They gether’d in their dreepin nets
And fund your ain true love.


James MacMillan

Sir James Loy MacMillan, CBE (b. 1959) is a Scottish classical composer and conductor.


William Soutar

William Soutar was a Scottish poet from Perthshire.

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