Maggie Rae Lunam


John Muir


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To John Muir from Maggie Rae Lunam [Sept 1895] Gilderoy Gilderoy was a bonnie boy Had roses till his shoon His stockings were of silken soy WiΓÇÖ garters handing doon. It was I ween a comely sight To see so trim a boy. He was my joy and heartΓÇÖs delight My winsome Gilderoy. O sic two charming eΓÇÖen he had A breath as sweet as roses; He never ware a Highland plaid But costly silken clothes. He gained the love of ladies gay. None eΓÇÖer to him was coy. Ah wae is me I mourn this day For my dear Gilderoy. My Gilderoy and I were born Baith in one town together; We scant were seven years before We ΓÇÿgan to love each ither. Our daddies and our mammies They were filled with meikle joy To think upon the bridal day Of me and Gilderoy For Gilderoy that love of mine Gude faith I freely brought A wedding sark of Holland fine WeΓÇÖ dainty ruffles wrought. And he gied me a wedding ring Which I received with joy Nae lad nor lassie eΓÇÖer could sing Like me and Gilderoy. WiΓÇÖ meikle joy we spent our prime Till we were baith sixteen, And aft we past the longsome time Among the leaves sae green, Aft on the banks weΓÇÖd sit us there And sweetly kiss and toy While he wiΓÇÖ garlands decked my hair My handsome Gilderoy. O that he still had been content WeΓÇÖ me to lead his life But oh his manfuΓÇÖ heart was bent To stir in feats of strife And he in many a venturous deed His courage bold wad try And now this gars my heart to bleed For my dear Gilderoy.


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Date Original

1895 Sep


Original letter dimensions: 21 x 27 cm.

Resource Identifier

MSS 048 John Muir Papers

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1895 September Maggie Rae Lunam to jm p 1


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