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the EWE-BUGHTS, MARION
MARION the EWE-BUGHTS
My Marion's a bonny lass,
The blythe blinks ay in her ee;
And fain wad I marry my Marion,
Gin Marion wad marry me.
There's gowd in your garters, Marion,
And silk on your white hause-bane;
Fu' fain wad I kiss my Marion,
At e'en' when I come hame.
I've nine milk ewes, my Marion,
A cow, and a brawny quey;
I'll gie them a' to my Marion,
Just on her bridal day.
And yese get a green-sey apron,
And waistcoat o' Lon'on brown;
Then vow but ye will be vap'rin,
When ye gang to the town.
I'm young and stout, my Marion;
Nane dances like me on the green;
And gin ye forsake me, Marion,
I'll e'en draw up wi' Jean.
Sae put on your pearlings, Marion,
Wi' kirtle of the cramasie;
And sae soon's my chin has nae hair on,
I shall come west, and see thee.
HOW BLYTHE HAE I BEEN
to the same air
How blythe hae I been wi' my Sandy,
As we sat in the howe o' the glen!
But nae mair can I meet wi' my Sandy,
To the banks o' the Rhine he is gane.
Alas! that the trumpet's loud clarion
Thus draws a' our shepherds afar;
O cou'dna the ewe-bughts and Marion
Please mair than the horrors o' war!
Not a plough in our land has been ganging;
The ousen hae stood in their sta';
Nae flails in our barns hae been banging.
For mair than a towmond or twa.
Waes me, that the trumpet's shrill clarion
Thus draws a' our shepherds afar!
O, I wish that the ewe-bughts and Marion
Could charm frae the horrors o' war.
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