Oh! How Soft My Fair One's Bosom
A Love Song
The Welsh "O More Gynnes Mynwes Meinwen"
Source: Edward Jones, Musical and Poetical Relicks of the Welsh Bards. A New Edition. (London: Printed for the Author, 1794), pp. 159-160. The first edition was apparently in 1784, and a third edition followed in 1808.
O mor gynnes mynwes
O more fwyn yw llwyn
O more felus yw'r cusan-au
Gyda serch a mwynion
Oh! how soft my Fair
Oh! how sweet the grove
Oh! how blessed are the
Words of love, & mutual
Sheet Music from Edward Jones, Musical and Poetical Relicks of the Welsh Bards.
This is the earliest known appearance of the tune "Nos Galan," although the tune itself is believed to be much older. This tune is now associated with the holiday carol Deck The Hall. Although the title was “Nos Galan” (New Year's Eve), this version's lyrics obviously had nothing to do with the New Year or the Christmas-tide. This is the oldest known English lyrics.
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