Mo Run Geal Og- My Fair Young Love

by Fiona J Mackenzie

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Cumha do dh'Uileam Siosal ( the Lament of William Chisholm)
This is a Jacobite lament , composed by Christina Ferguson who was the widow of the standard bearer for the Clan Chisholm at the battle of Culloden in 1746.


O young Charles Stuart
‘Twas your cause that made me suffer
You took from me all that I had
In was for your cause
‘Tis not cattle or sheep
Which grieves me, but my husband
Since the day I was left alone
With nothing in the world but a shirt
My dear young beloved

You were the big man of good shape
From your crown to your boots
Your skin was like the swan
And your kisses tasted like honey
Your plaited brown beautiful hair
Lying properly around your neck
Curly and handsome
And everybody acknowledged your beauty
My dear young beloved

You were the man of good shoulders
Of slim waist and proportionate
No tailor without knowledge
Could make a good short coat for you
Or who would not make trews for you
Not too slender or short
Like salmon your feet
With short hose on your calves
My dear young beloved

Alas I am the wretched one
Sighing always
I lost hope that you would return
My heart sank with grief
Neither fiddle or harp
Pipes nor chess nor music
Will cheer me
Since the day you were laid to rest
The friendship of a young man will not awaken
My dear young beloved


released January 1, 2006
Fiona J Mackenzie



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Fiona J Mackenzie

Gaelic singer songwriter from Scotland, loves to take her music to all Scottish and Celtic music fans across the world. 1 independent album and 3 on the Greentrax label. Royal National Mod Gold Medallist 2005. AProducer of Little Bird Blown Off Course by National Theatre Scotland 2013/4.Now the archvisit for the priceless Canna Archives.
frequent collaborator with Yvonne Lyon
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