MS: 'Wilt thou be my Dearie'

Robert Burns, Author 
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This manuscript contains the song Wilt thou be my Dearie. The song was first published in the Morning Chronicle on 10 May 1794 but it was written at an earlier date. Burns had sent an earlier version to his friend Alexander Cunningham in March of that same year.

Burns considered this one of his best songs, which he set to the old Highland tune of The Suitor's Dochter. The Jeanie of the song is unknown, although it has been speculated that it was based on Janet Miller, the daughter of Burns's friend Patrick Miller.

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