The Gleeman

Notes on The Bonnie Mermaid



The Mermaid is #289 in the Child cannon. Child (1882-1898)CPB (vol V, p151) references Motherwell's text above variant #289E. However, he also (and primarily) references Motherwell's MS.MS-MOT, and I presume that the words for #289E come mainly from that, as there are quite a few differences between the two versions.

Motherwell gives just one verse for this version. He doesn't provide a source. However, he does impart that the single verse in question also occurs in some sets of Sir Patric Spens.

As with all Motherwell's airs, I have added the verse text to the score. In this case, the conjoining of the words with the tune may not be ideal!

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