B.B. Richardson (arr.)
(c.1790)

The Yellow Hair'd Laddie
(S.S.B. or T.T.B.)
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A well-known Scottish song harmonized for use as a glee, for two sopranos or two tenors.
Lyrics: Allan Ramsay

In April, when primroses paint the sweet plain,
And summer approaching rejoiceth the swain,
The yellow-haired laddie would oftentimes go
To wild and deep glens, where the hawthorn trees grow.

There, under the shade of an old sacred thorn,
With freedom he sung his loves evening and morn;
He sung with so fast and enchanting a sound
That sylvans and fairies unseen danced around.

The shepherd thus sang: Though young Mary be fair
Her beauty is dashed with a scornful proud air;
But Susie was handsome, and sweetly could sing,
Her breath like the breezes perfumed in the spring.

That Maddie, in all the gay bloom of her youth,
Like the moon was inconstant, and never spoke truth;
But Susie was faithful, good-humoured and free,
And fair as the goddess who sprung from the sea.

That mamma's fine daughter, with all her great dower,
Was awkwardly airy and frequently sour;
Then sighing he wishes, would parents agree,
That witty sweet Susie his mistress might be.