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Lass gin ye lo'e me, tell me now

Language: English

I ha'e laid a herring in sa't,
Lass, gin ye lo'e me, tell me now;
I ha'e brew'd a forpet o' ma't,
An' I canna come ilka day to woo:
I ha'e a calf will soon be a cow,
Lass, gin ye lo'e me, tell me now;
I ha'e a pig will soon be a sow,
An' I canna come ilka day to woo.
I've a house on yonder muir,
Lass, gin ye lo'e me, tell me now;
Three sparrows may dance on the floor
An' I canna come ilka day to woo:
I ha'e a butt, and I ha'e a benn,
Lass, gin ye lo'e me, tak me now;
I ha'e three chickens and a fat hen,
An' I canna come ony mair to woo.
I've a hen wi' a happity leg,
Lass, gin ye lo'e me, tak me now;
Which ilka day lays me an egg,
An' I canna come ilka day to woo:
I ha'e a kebbock upon my shelf,
Lass, gin ye lo'e me, tak me now;
I downa eat it a' myself,
An' I winna come ony mair to woo.


GLOSSARY

Gin = if
Forpet = fourth part of a peck
Ilka = every
I ha'e a benn = I have a house with two rooms, an outer room with a kitchen (butt) and an inner sitting room or parlour (benn)
Happity = lame
Kebbock = Cheese
I downa = I am unable
I winna = I will not

Submitted by Ferdinando Albeggiani

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Text added to the website: 2013-03-25.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:05:09
Line count: 24
Word count: 185

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