Ignaz Pleyel (arr.)
(1757 - 1831)

Pleyel (arr.) : Shepherds, I have lost my love : illustration

Shepherds, I have lost my love
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Pleyel's reputation was second only to that of Haydn in London in the 1790s. Both composers were commissioned to produce updated versions of well-known Scottish songs, in this case "The banks of Banna".
Lyrics: Anon

Shepherds, I have lost my love;
Have you seen my Anna,
Pride of every shady grove
Upon the banks of Banna?
I for her my home forsook,
Near yon misty mountain,
Left my flock, my pipe, my crook,
Greenwood shade and fountain.

Never shall I see them more
Until her returning;
All the joys of life are o'er,
From gladness changed to mourning.
Whither is my charmer flown?
Shepherds, tell me whither?
Ah! woe for me, perhaps she's gone
For ever and for ever.