Eriskay Love Lilt (Marjory Kennedy-Fraser)

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  • (Posted 2016-07-12)  CPDL #40302:       
Editor: David Millard (submitted 2016-07-12).   Score information: Letter, 5 pages, 64 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: SSAA arrangement. I have kept Kennedy-Fraser's original melody and piano accompaniment and added a second soprano and two alto parts. Some may find the frequent shifts in the number of staves unsettling, but I have always marked who sings where.
  • (Posted 2003-05-14)  CPDL #05060:     
Editor: Anne Dubrofsky (submitted 2003-05-14).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 96 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes:

General Information

Title: Eriskay Love Lilt
Composer: Marjory Kennedy-Fraser

Number of voices: 1v   Voicing: Solo medium
Genre: SecularFolksong

Languages: Scottish Gaelic, English
Instruments: A cappella

First published:

External websites:

Original text and translations

Lowland_Scots.png Scottish Gaelic and English.png English text

Bheir me o, horo van o
Bheir me o, horo van ee
Bheir me o, o horo ho
Sad am I, without thee.

When I’m lonely, dear white heart,
Black the night or wild the sea,
By love’s light my foot finds
the old pathway to thee.


Thou’rt the music of my heart;
Harp of joy, o cruit mo chruidh;
Moon of guidance by night;
Strength and light thou’rt to me.