SCOTT, WALTER (1771-1832, Scottish poet and novelist)
Lot 422
SCOTT, WALTER (1771-1832, Scottish poet and novelist) AUTOGRAPH REVISED MANUSCRIPT DRAFT OF HIS CELEBRATED SONG 'THE PIBROCH OF DONUIL DHU', 1816
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SCOTT, WALTER (1771-1832, Scottish poet and novelist)
AUTOGRAPH REVISED MANUSCRIPT DRAFT OF HIS CELEBRATED SONG 'THE PIBROCH OF DONUIL DHU', 32 lines (with additional four lines of the last stanza scored through) in four eight-line stanzas, with autograph revisions, preserving a text substantially different from the printed text with an autograph note by Scott at the end naming the 'Solicitor General John A. Murray Esq Advocate' and a note in another hand 'This is the prima cura of the Pibroch. It was written at the Clerk's table while [Francis] Jeffrey was pleading the case of Sir Wm & Lady Cuninghame Feb. 9 1816. The names of two of the Councel are mentiond for what reason I know not', 2 pages, octavo, three lines of the note overleaf, small section of the second leaf cut off and pasted back on, 9 February 1816

Pibroch of Donuil Dhu
Pibroch of Donuil
Wake thy wild voice anew
Pale through Glen Conuil
Come away come away
Come to my summons
Come in your war-array
Gentles and Commons...

ONE OF THE BEST-KNOWN SCOTTISH SONGS, WHICH SCOTT HIMSELF CONSIDERED TO BE 'THE ONLY GOOD SONG I EVER WROTE' (in a letter dated 1816 telling Lady Abercorn that the only things he has lately done were two or three songs for Campbell's Miscellany of Highland Airs - 'it is a fine Highland Gathering tune called Pibroch an Donuil Dhu that is the Pibroch of Donald the Black').

THE PRESENT MANUSCRIPT DIFFERS SUBSTANTIALLY FROM THE WIDELY PUBLISHED RECEIVED VERSION, which has an additional stanza, making it 40 lines in all. The differences may be judged from a comparison of the first four lines of the second stanza which reads in this manuscript: 'Come o'er the lake's broad wave / Come from the wild wood / None may be absent save / Woman and childhood...' In the printed version it reads: 'Come from deep glen, and / From mountain so rocky; / The war-pipe and pennon / are at Inverlocky...'

REFERENCE: The Letters of Sir Walter Scott, edited by H.J.C. Grierson, 12 volumes, 1932-1978.
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