by Robert Burns (1759 - 1796)

There was a wife wonn'd in Cockpen,...
Language: Scottish (Scots) 
There was a wife wonn'd in Cockpen, Scroggam!
She brew'd guid ale for gentlemen:
Sing Auld Cowl lay ye down by me -
Scroggam, my dearie, ruffum!

The gudewife's dochter fell in a fever, Scroggam!
The priest o' the parish he fell in anither:
Sing Auld Cowl lay ye down by me -
Scroggam, my dearie, ruffum!

They laid the twa i' the bed thegither, Scroggam!
That the heat o' the tane might cool the tither; 
Sing Auld Cowl lay ye down by me -
Scroggam, my dearie, ruffum!

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Confirmed with The Complete Poems and Songs of Robert Burns, edited by James Barke with an Introduction by John Cairney, HarperCollins, Glasgow, 1995, page 601


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