Rory Dall’s Port jig

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X: 1
T: Rory Dall's Port
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
(G>A)B B2 g|(d>c)B A2 B|G>AB B2 g|(d>c)B {B}A2 G|
(G>A)B B2 g|d>cB A2 {Bc}B|G>AB B2 g|d>cB {B}A2 G||
(g>a)b d2 {c}B|(g>a)b {d}c2 A|(g>a)b (e>f)g|d>cB {B}A2 G|
(g>a)b d2 {c}B|(g>a)b {d}c2 A|(g>a)b (e>f)g|d>cB {B}A2 G||

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Rory Dall’s Port

A tune for yon time of year - Burns Night.
This tune is the one chosen as the original melody for “Parting Song For Clarinda”, or “Ae Fond Kiss”, though not as well known as the later melody adopted for the poem.

Robert Burns had a four year affair with Agnes Craig M’Lehose ((1759-1841) - Nancy to her friends, who was married to a Glasgow law agent, but had separated. They adopted names for each other, Agnes being “Clarinda” and Burns being “Sylvander”. The affair ended in 1791, Burns settling down to married life with Jean Armour, and “Clarinda” was bound for Jamaica to try and reconcile her marriage. Burns sent her the well kent poem as a fond farewell.

Ae fond kiss, and then we sever;
Ae fareweel, alas, for ever!
Deep in heart-wrung tears I’ll pledge thee,
Warring sighs and groans I’ll wage thee.
Who shall say that Fortune grieves him,
While the star of hope she leaves him?
Me, nae cheerful twinkle lights me;
Dark despair around benights me.

I’ll ne’er blame my partial fancy,
Naething could resist my Nancy:
But to see her was to love her;
Love but her, and love for ever.
Had we never lov’d sae kindly,
Had we never lov’d sae blindly,
Never met-or never parted,
We had ne’er been broken-hearted.

Fare-thee-weel, thou first and fairest!
Fare-thee-weel, thou best and dearest!
Thine be ilka joy and treasure,
Peace, Enjoyment, Love and Pleasure!
Ae fond kiss, and then we sever!
Ae fareweeli alas, for ever!
Deep in heart-wrung tears I’ll pledge thee,
Warring sighs and groans I’ll wage thee.

This tune first appeared in James Oswald’s “Pocket Companion”, Vol 8, as “Rory Dall’s Port”. There has been some dispute as to whether the “Rory Dall” was Ruaidhrí Dall Ó Catháin (of “Give Me Your Hand” fame), or the other “Blind Rory”, Roderick Morrison. Some researchers have concluded that the tune was probably composed by James Oswald himself, as he was apt to do such things. In the “Pocket Companion”, it appears in G major, with variations. This setting is the one for “Ae Fond Kiss” in “The Scots Musical Museum”, though it is in E major in that volume. I took it back up to G to make it more user friendly.

I should add that this is not the same “Port Rorie Dall” that appears in the Straloch MS.