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GUDE FORGI'E ME FOR LYIN
John Chambers music book
GUDE FORGI'E ME FOR LYIN
A weel stocket mailen, himsel for the laird,
A bridal aff hand was the proffer,
I never loot on that I kent it, or car'd,
But thought I might get a waur offer.
He spak o' the darts o' my bonny black een.
And how for my love he was diein;
I said he might die when he liket for Jean,
The Gude forgi'e me for liein!
But what do ye think, in a fortnight or less,
(The deil's in his taste to gae near her),
He's down the lang glen to my black cousin Bess;
Guess ye how the jade I could bear her!
Sae a' the neist ouk as I fretted wi' care,
I gade to the tryst o' Dulgarlock;
And wha but my braw fickle wooer was there,
Wha glowr'd as if he'd seen a warlock.
Out o'er my left shouther I gied him a blink,
Lest neibours should think I was saucy;
My wooer he caper'd as he'd been in drink,
And vow'd that I was a dear lassie.
I spier'd for my cousin, fu' couthie and sweet,
If she had recover'd her hearin';
And how my auld shoon fited her shachel'd feet,
Gude safe us! how he fell a swearin'.
He begg'd me, for Gudesake, that I'd be his wife;
Or else I wad kill him wi' sorrow;
Sae just to preserve the poor body in life,
I think I shall wed him to-morrow.
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