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Flow Gently, Sweet Afton



words: Robert Burns, 1786
music: James Spilman, 1837

arr. Ruth Randle & Merv Rowley, 2014


This month's musical presentation is Flow Gently, Sweet Afton, by Robert Burns, a.k.a. Robbie Burns, the 'ploughman poet'. He presented this poem to Mrs. General Stewart of Slair in 1791, and the following year it appeared in the Scots Musical Museum, a collection of more than 600 Scottish songs. It was inspired by her home on the banks of the Afton River. "My Mary" in the lyrics probably refers to Mary Campbell, whom Burns courted in 1786, the year the song was written. It was set to music by James Spilman in 1837. We hope you enjoy this lovely tune.


Your 1-3-5 Team




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Flow Gently Sweet Afton.pdf


Flow Gently Sweet Afton.tef


Flow Gently Sweet Afton.mid




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