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The Highland Shepherdess

Lyrics composed by John Henderson on the 30th of September, 2014, to Harry Dixon Loes' 1920 music for the song, 'This Little Light Of Mine'.

Once on an autumn ev'ning I heard a maid sweetly croon
High on a sheep-filled hillside lit by the harvest moon;
So-enchanted by her singing, I vowed that I'd find her soon,
A 'Bo-Peep', and her sheep, all in tune.

So certain she was fair, I mused if I might dare
Join with her at the fold, "Oh could I be so bold?
Oh yes I could ! I could ! I could sing with her there
If she would, if she would, if she would?"

I whistled as I strolled, quite closely up to the fold;
She moved to hush her flock and sat upon a rock;
"You liked my song," said she, then smiled coquettishly,
"Is that why, you came by, to see me?"

"Yes that is why I'm here, I heard you sweet and clear,
And as I too like to croon, and not just up-to the moon,
I chanced my arm that we, duettists soon could be
To all Scots, North and South, believe me!"

That was our lucky day we both are so pleased to say
For stage fame soon came our way and brought with it handsome pay;
My musical shepherdess and I you may now have guessed
Fell in love, and soon wed .... enough said!

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