This aye night (no longer serious Deep Secret spoilers)

Irina Rempt-Drijfhout ira at
Tue Sep 21 14:36:47 EDT 1999

On Sun, 19 Sep 1999, Lucy Mackintosh wrote:

> Now, what are whinnies, exactly?  And yes, I do
> know I should try a looking this one up first, but all dictionaries are
> currently somewhere in boxes.

The Concise Oxford doesn't have it. It's probably Scottish (Scots?)
and I've always taken them to be a kind of crows.

> Have you heard Britten's setting of This Aye Night?  (Part of the Serenade
> for Tenor, Horn and Strings, I think.)

No! I'll see if the music library has it. I only know a few folk
versions; the one by (I think) Pentangle used to give me the shivers
when I first heard it (in my late teens). I'm so used to it now that
I can only *remember* the shivers, but the basic feeling is still


            Varsinen an laynynay, saraz no arlet rastynay.
                     irina at (myself) (English) (Nederlands)

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