Traditional Scottish Songs
- My Mother Bids Me Bind My Hair

This song is by Anne Hume (1742-1821). When she was 29, she married John Hunter, one of the most distinguished scientists and surgeons of his day. They lived in London and the couple entertained many of the main literary giants of the day and Mrs Hunter was gained a reputation for her talents and intelligence. She wrote some verses of distinction herself, but was modest about her output. Following the death of her husband in 1793, she turned even more to song-writing. Her songs are said to "evince a delicacy of thought, combined with a force and sweetness of expression." This short, simple song of a young girl who is pining for her boy-friend, shows these very characteristics.

My Mother Bids Me Bind My Hair

My mother bids me bind my hair
   With bands of rosy hue,
Tie up my sleeves with ribbons rare,
   And lace my bodice blue.

"For why," she cries, "sit still and weep,
   While others dance and play?"
Alas! I scarce can go or creep,
   While Lubin is away.

'Tis sad to think the days are gone,
   When those we love were near;
I sit upon this mossy stone,
   And sigh when none can hear.

And while I spin my flaxen thread,
   And sing my simple lay,
The village seems asleep or dead,
   Now Lubin is away.

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