Billington (arr.) : By a murmuring stream a fair shepherdess lay : Printable cover page
Composer: Thomas Billington (arr.) (1754 - ?1832)
Forces: S.S.B. (or T.T.B.)
Lyrics: Allan Ramsay
Billington issued two sets of "glees selected from the Scotch songs" in the late 1780s, to satisfy two contemporary enthusiasms: that for mixed sex social music, and that for all things North-British. The current arrangement comes from the second set.
These glees were selected from a repertoire of well-known Scottish songs that had been anthologised in the previous seventy years. Verses that are not underlaid were not included by Billington, and have been imported from external sources.
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