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.