“The Flowers o' the Forest”

Alternate titles: “Lament for Flodden”
Author: Words: Jane [Jean] Elliot (1727-1805)/Music: Traditional
Earliest date: 1803 (tune probably dates to the sixteenth century)
Keywords: battle death mourning separation Scotland

Description

Based on a pipe tune lamenting the battle of Flodden: "I've heard them lilting, At the yowes milking, Lasses a-lilting... Noo they are moanin On ilka green loaning. The flowers o' the forest are a' wede away." The song grieves for the men lost

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References

  1. DT, FLWRSFOR*
  2. ADDITIONAL: Walter de la Mare, _Come Hither_, revised edition, 1928; #197, "The Flowers of the Forest" (1 text)
  3. Roud #3812
  4. BI, BdFlOTF