By Mary Ellen Brown (auth.)
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In a more complex vein, he writes about 'Highland laddie': As this was a favorite theme for our later Scotish Muses, there are several airs & songs of that name. -What I take to be the oldest, is to be found in the Musical Museum, beginning, 'I hae been at Crookieden'- one reason for my thinking so is, that Oswald has it in his conn. by the name of, 'the auld Highland laddie'. -It is also known by the name of 'Jinglan Johnie', which is a well-known song of four or five stanzas, & seems to be an earlier song than Jacobite times.
And Nancie's waws Shook with a thunder of applause Re-echo'd from each mouth! (ll. 236-38, no. 84) leading to the final scene of the Cantata- where all unite in drink while the poet sings to the tune 'Jolly Mortals, fill your glasses', a moving reaffirmation of their collective way of life, Here's to BUDGETS, BAGS and WALLETS! Here's to all the wandering train! Here's our ragged BRATS and CALLETS! One and all cry out, AMEN! A fig for those by LAW protected, LIBERTY'S a glorious feast! COURTS for Cowards were erected, CHURCHES built to please the Priest.
11. 274-81, no. 84) reinforcing the present scene and all of their lives in general. Burns' ability, based on book and traditional knowledge, to use a tune and the text associated with it, which was appropriate to the context describedor ironically pertinent- is subtle and artistic, a wedding of known and unknown to create a new piece. In poetry and song Burns depicts the 26 Burns and Tradition social and convivial interaction so often duplicated as near strangers are joined for a moment in unity and friendship, telling of their pasts and agreeing, however momentarily, in the chemistry of the exchange.
Burns and Tradition by Mary Ellen Brown (auth.)