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Song, composed in August

Performed by Bill Adair

Bill Adair

Bill Adair

An early draft of Burns’s ‘Song, composed in August’ appears in the poet’s First Commonplace Book. Burns would eventually include an altered and expanded version in the Kilmarnock edition of Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect (1786). The song also appeared in James Johnson’s Scots Musical Museum in 1792, and George Thomson’s Select Collection of Scottish Airs in 1799.

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