by Patrick Birnie (flourished late 17th - early 18th centuries)

The auld man's mear's dead
Language: Scottish (Scots) 
The auld man's mear's dead;
⁠The puir body's mear's dead;
⁠The auld man's mear's dead,
⁠A mile aboon Dundee.

There was hay to ca', and lint to lead,
A hunder hotts o' muck to spread,
And peats and truffs and a' to lead —
⁠And yet the jaud to dee!

She had the fiercie and the fleuk,
The wheezloch and the wanton yeuk;
On ilka knee she had a breuk —
⁠What ail'd the beast to dee?

She was lang-tooth'd and blench-lippit,
Heam-hough'd and haggis-fittit,
Lang-neckit, chandler-chaftit,
⁠And yet the jaud to dee!

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Confirmed with, The Book of Scottish Song, edited by Alexander Whitelaw, Blackie and Son, Glasgow, 1843, page 128. This is the first version.


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This text was added to the website: 2018-11-22
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