Mary of Argyll
C. Jeffries and S. Nelson


I have heard the mavis singing
His love song to the morn
I have seen the dew-drop clinging
To the rose just newly born
But a sweeter song has cheer'd me
At the ev'ning's gentle close
And I've seen an eye still brighter
Than the dew-drop on the rose
'Twas thy voice, my gentle Mary
And thine artless, winning smile
That made this world an Eden
Bonnie Mary of Argyll.

Tho' thy voice may lose its sweetness
And thine eye its brightness too
Tho' thy step may lack its fleetness
And thy hair its sunny hue
Still to me wilt thou be dearer
Than all the world shall own
I have loved thee for thy beauty
But not for that alone
I have watched thy heart, dear Mary
And its goodness was the wile
That has made thee mine forever
Bonnie Mary of Argyll.

I have heard the mavis singing
His love song to the morn
I have seen the dew-drop clinging
To the rose just newly born
But a sweeter song has cheer'd me
At the ev'ning's gentle close
And I've seen an eye still brighter
Than the dew-drop on the rose
'Twas thy voice, my gentle Mary
And thine artless, winning smile
That made this world an Eden
Bonnie Mary of Argyll.

Midi sequenced by Barry Taylor

The words and music were written by two Englishmen, Charles Jeffries and Sydney Nelson, in 1850. Mary of Argyll has often been confused with the Mary, serenely statued near the pier at Dunoon in Argyll. The 'Mary' referred to is 'Highland Mary', beloved of Robert Burns, who died whilst still young.

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