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" The Parting Glass " is a Scottish [1] traditional song , often sung at the end of a gathering of friends. It was purportedly the most popular parting song sung in Scotland before Robert Burns wrote " Auld Lang Syne ". [1]

The earliest known printed version was as a broadside in the 1770s and it first appeared in book form in "Scots Songs" by Herd. [1] An early version is sometimes attributed to Sir Alex Boswell. The text is doubtless older than its 1770 appearance in broadside, as it was recorded in the Skene Manuscript , a collection of Scottish airs written at various dates between 1615 and 1635. [2] It was known at least as early as 1605, when a portion of the first stanza was written in a farewell letter, as a poem now known as "Armstrong's Goodnight", by one of the Border Reivers executed that year for the murder in 1600 of Sir John Carmichael , Warden of the Scottish West March. [3]

Exact lyrics vary between arrangements, but they include most, if not all, of the following stanzas appearing in different orders:

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All content on this website, including dictionary, thesaurus, literature, geography, and other reference data is for informational purposes only. This information should not be considered complete, up to date, and is not intended to be used in place of a visit, consultation, or advice of a legal, medical, or any other professional.

" The Parting Glass " is a Scottish [1] traditional song , often sung at the end of a gathering of friends. It was purportedly the most popular parting song sung in Scotland before Robert Burns wrote " Auld Lang Syne ". [1]

The earliest known printed version was as a broadside in the 1770s and it first appeared in book form in "Scots Songs" by Herd. [1] An early version is sometimes attributed to Sir Alex Boswell. The text is doubtless older than its 1770 appearance in broadside, as it was recorded in the Skene Manuscript , a collection of Scottish airs written at various dates between 1615 and 1635. [2] It was known at least as early as 1605, when a portion of the first stanza was written in a farewell letter, as a poem now known as "Armstrong's Goodnight", by one of the Border Reivers executed that year for the murder in 1600 of Sir John Carmichael , Warden of the Scottish West March. [3]

Exact lyrics vary between arrangements, but they include most, if not all, of the following stanzas appearing in different orders:

All content on this website, including dictionary, thesaurus, literature, geography, and other reference data is for informational purposes only. This information should not be considered complete, up to date, and is not intended to be used in place of a visit, consultation, or advice of a legal, medical, or any other professional.


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