1685 Scotland - Annie Laurie

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The heroine of "Annie Laurie" song was a daughter of Sir Robert Laurie, first Baronet of Maxwellton, created in 1685. The words were written by Douglas of Fingland, who, inspite of his devotion, did not gain the lady for wife, as she was married to a Mr. Fergusson of Craigdarroch.

John McDermott - Annie Laurie:

English lyrics:

Maxwelton's braes are bonnie,
Where early fa's the dew,
Twas there that Annie Laurie
Gi'ed me her promise true.
Gi'ed me her promise true -
Which ne'er forgot will be,
And for bonnie Annie Laurie
I'd lay me down and dee.

Her brow is like the snaw-drift,
Her neck is like the swan,
Her face it is the fairest,
That 'er the sun shone on.
That 'er the sun shone on -
And dark blue is her e'e,
And for bonnie Annie Laurie
I'd lay me down and dee.

Like dew on gowans lying,
Is the fa' o' her fairy feet,
And like winds, in simmer sighing,
Her voice is low and sweet.
Her voice is low and sweet -
And she's a' the world to me;
And for bonnie Annie Laurie
I'd lay me down and dee. 

 

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