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GUEST,Murray on Saltspring Lyr Req: Pittenweem Fisher-Wife's Song (17) RE: Lyr Req: Pittenweem Fisher-Wife's Song 28 Mar 05


The original words are "Well go to sea no more", by the Misses Corbett, published in their book "Odd Volume, Second Series" (1827); whence (e.g. in Whitelaw, Book of Scottish Song (1844; repr. 1875), 419. 4 stanzas of 8 lines, with a varied chorus [which is missing in the above version]. A truncated version of st. 1 as "Fisherman's Song", from Fife, in Montgomerie Sandy Candy (1946), 144 (#258).

Grace Corbett (c. 1765-1843), when eleven years old, composed the melody to a new version of "The Siller Crown", printed in the Scots Musical Museum VI (1803), 605 (#585) ["O Mary, ye's be clad in silk", copied from Urbani's collection]; and along with her sister produced several works of fiction, tales, legends, etc.


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