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Lesley N. Origin: Scottish Emigrant's Farewell (A Hume) (12) Lyr Add: THE SCOTTISH EMIGRANT'S FAREWELL (A Hume) 18 Nov 99


I've run across a wonderful tune, The Scottish Emigrant's Farewell in Scottish Songs, Bayley & Ferguson circa 1920. It says the words and air are by Alexander Hume but has no other information. Alexander Hume is also credited with the tune for Afton Water. My question: is this the poet Alexander Hume (1556 - 1609) - that seems a bit early for Scottish emigrant songs and the mention of Pentland would be consistent with someone who had to emigrate because of the clearances. Of course I could be reading later history into earlier lyrics! Is there a later Alexander Hume? Can anyone give me some information? Here are the lyrics:

THE SCOTTISH EMIGRANT'S FAREWELL
Alexander Hume

Fareweel, fareweel, my native hame,
    Thy lanely glens and heath-clad mountains!
Fareweel thy fields o' storied fame,
    Thy leafy shaws and sparkling fountains.
Nae mair I'll climb the Pentlands steep,
    Nor wander by the Esk's clear river;
I seek a hame far o'er the deep—
    My native land, fareweel for ever!

Thou land wi' love and freedom crowned,
    In ilk wee cot and lordly dwelling
May manly-hearted youth be found,
    And maids in every grace excelling.
The land where Bruce and Wallace wight
    For freedom fought in days o' danger,
Ne'er crouched to proud usurping might,
    But foremost stood, wrong's stern avenger.

Though far frae thee, my native shore,
    And tossed on life's tempestuous ocean,
My heart—aye Scottish to the core—
    Shall cling to thee wi' warm devotion.
And while the waving heather grows,
    And onward rows the winding river,
The toast be "Scotland's broomy knowes,
    Her mountains, rocks, and glens forever!"

Corrections made. --JoeClone


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