“The Banks o' Deveron Water”

Author: Alexander Lesley ?
Earliest date: 1930 (Ord)
Keywords: love courting river
Found in: Britain(Scotland)

Description

The singer goes out to take the air by (Deveron) water, and chooses "a maid to be my love." He says her equal is not to be found elsewhere, describes her beauty, and says he would not trade her for great riches. He hopes they will someday wed

Notes

Ord reports that this was written in 1636 by Alexander Lesley. However, there are signs of oral tradition, so I can't say with certainty whether Lesley originated or transmitted the piece. - RBW

References

  1. Ord, pp. 29-30, "The Banks o' Deveron Water" (1 text)
  2. Roud #3784
  3. BI, Ord029