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Jim Dixon Lyr Req:Miller's Lovely Daughter[for Gibran Lewis] (13) Lyr Add: ON THE BANKS OF ALLAN WATER (M G Lewis) 30 Mar 20


These words are sung by a character called Mrs. Secret in Rich and Poor: A Comic Opera by M[atthew] G[regory] Lewis (London: proprietors, 1823), page 6. This seems to be the source of the song. I have boldfaced the words that are different from the DT:

On the banks of Allan water,
When the sweet Spring-time did fall,
Was the Miller's lovely daughter,
Fairest of them all.
For his bride a soldier sought her,
And a winning tongue had he:
On the banks of Allan water,
None was gay as she.

On the banks of Allan water
When brown Autumn shed its store,
There I saw the Miller's daughter;
But she smiled no more.
For the summer grief had brought her
And the soldier false was he!
On the banks of Allan water,
None was sad as she.

On the banks of Allan water,
When the Winter-snow fell fast,
Still was found the Miller's daughter:
Chilling blew the blast!
But the Miller's lovely daughter
Both from cold and care was* free;
On the banks of Allan water,
There a corse lay she.

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* This change corrects a grammar error.


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