The wee sma' glen

Music: Frances Cockburn. Words: Marion Angus (1865-1946)
performance time approx 1m 15s
Range S: d' – e♭'' / A: b – b' / T: d – d' / B: G – a
Price code: B
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This piece is the first in the set Three Marion Angus songs
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When the beauty of a small valley brings a woman to tears, God knows that he has not made the place in vain. Frances Cockburn's simple strophic setting is sweet and gentle.

The recording is by Rudsambee Company of Singers, dir. Frances Cockburn, and is available on the album Bottled At Source (RUBEECD003)

Pronunciation guide included


The water dreeped frae stane tae stane,
The wild rose bloomed and dee'd its lane,
But lip tae praise it there was nane,
Till Mary cam' tae the Wee Sma' Glen.

It wasna when she pu'ed the briar
Nor lauched tae see the rowans' fire,
But when her e'en grew saft and weet
At sichts ower fair and soonds ower sweet.

The whisper gaed frae hill tae hill,
The very herps o' Heaven grew still;
God minded on the Wee Sma' Glen,
And kenned it wasna wrocht in vain.

Marion Angus

We have been unable to trace copyright ownership for Marion Angus poems and would be grateful for any information enabling us to do so.


cam' - came
dee'd - died
dreeped - dripped
frae - from
gaed - went
herps - harps
its lane - alone
lauched - laughed
kenned - knew
minded on - thought about
nane - none
ower - extremely, unusually
pu'ed - pulled
rowan - a native Scottish tree whose leaves turn bright red and orange in autumn
saft - soft
sichts - sights
soonds - sounds
stane - stone
tae - to
wasna - was not
wee - small
weet - wet
wrocht - wrought

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