Biography of Robert Gilfillan
Robert Gilfillan (7 July 1798 – 4 December 1850) was a poet and songwriter, born at Dunfermline, Scotland, and latterly a collector of the police rates at Leith. He wrote a number of Scottish songs, and was favourably mentioned in Noctes Ambrosianae (see Wilson, J.). He was the author of the beautiful song, Oh, why left I my Hame?.
He published a 150-page book of songs in 1831, which garnered sufficient acclaim to spur publication of a longer version in 1835, and another in 1839.
This article incorporates public domain text from : Cousin, John William (1910). A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature. London, J. M. Dent & Sons; New York, E. P. Dutton.
Robert Gilfillan Poems
The Happy Days O' Youth
Oh! the happy days o' youth are fast gaun by, And age is coming on, wi' its bleak winter sky;
Fare Thee Well
Fare thee well, for I must leave thee; But, oh, let not our parting grieve thee; Happier days may yet be mine,
The First Rose Of Summer
'Tis the first rose of summer that opes to my view, With its bright crimson bosom all bathed in the dew;
The Exile's Song
Oh! why left I my hame? Why did I cross the deep? Oh! why left I the land Where my forefathers sleep?
Where Manor stream rins blithe an' clear, And Castlehill's white wa's appear, I spent ae day, aboon a' days,
Fare Thee Well
Fare thee well, for I must leave thee;
But, oh, let not our parting grieve thee;
Happier days may yet be mine,
At least I wish them thine--believe me!
We part--but by those dew-drops clear,
My love for thee will last for ever;
I leave thee--but thy image dear,
Thy tender smiles, will leave me never.