Traditional Scottish Songs
- We'll Meet Yet Again

During World War II, the song "We'll Meet Again" was made famous by the "Forces Sweetheart", Vera Lynn. As a song of parting - and hope of future coming together again - it struck a chord in those days. Henry Scott Riddell (1798 - 1870), was born and raised near Langholm, in Dumfries and Galloway. So he was aware from an early age about the frequent conflicts between the Scots and the English that ebbed and flowed across that region - and the sorrowful partings involved (where the participants might only meet beyond the grave).

      We'll Meet Yet Again

We'll meet yet again, my loved fair one, when o'er us
   The sky shall be bright, and the bower shall be green,
And the visions of life shall be lovely before us
   As the sunshine of summer that sleeps o'er the scene.
The woodlands are sad when the green leaves are fading,
   And sorrow is deep when the dearest must part,
But for each darker woe that our spirit is shading
   A joy yet more bright shall return to the heart.

We'll meet yet again, when the pain, disconcerting
   The peace of our minds in a moment like this,
Shall melt into nought, like the tears of our parting,
   Or live but in mem'ry to heighten our bliss.
We have loved in the hours when a hope scarce could find us;
   We've loved when our hearts were the lightest of all,
And the same tender tie that has bound still shall bind us,
   When the dark chain of fate shall have ceased to enthral.

We'll meet yet again, when the spirit of gladness
   Shall breathe o'er the valley, and brighten its flowers,
And the lone hearts of those who have long been in sadness
   Shall gather delight from the transport of ours;
Yes, thine are the charms, love, that never can perish,
   And thine is the star that my guide still shall be,
Alluring the hope in this soul that shall cherish
   Its life's dearest treasures, to share them with thee.

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