by Anonymous / Unidentified Author

O saw ye Johny cumin, quo' she
Language: English 
[O]1 saw ye Johny [cumin]2, quo' she,
  Saw ye Johny cumin:
Wi' his blew bonnet on his head,
  And his dogie [rinnin]3, quo' she,
  And his dogie rinnin?

[O]4 fee him, father, fee him, quo' she,
  Fee him, father, fee him;
For he is a gallant lad, and a weil-doin, quo' she,
  And a' the wark about the [town]5
Gaes wi' me when I see him, quo'she,
Gaes wi' me when I see him.

[O what will I do wi' him, quo' he,
  What will I do wi' him?]6
He has ne'er a [coat]7 upon his back,
  And I hae nane to gie him.
I hae twa [coats into my kist]8,
  And ane of them I'll gie him:
And for a merk of mair fee,
  Dinna stand wi' him, [quo' she]9,
  Dinna stand wi' him.

For weel do I loe him, quo' she,
  Weel do I loe him;
O fee him, father, fee him, quo' she,
  Fee him, father, fee him;
He'll ha'd the pleugh, thrash in the barn,
  And crack wi' me at e'en, quo' she,
  And crack wi' me at e'en.

J. Haydn sets stanzas 1, 3-4

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1 omitted by Haydn and Mendelssohn.
2 spelled "coming" in Haydn's song, passim.
3 spelled "running" in Haydn's song, passim.
4 omitted by Mendelssohn.
5 Mendelssohn: "house"
6 Mendelssohn: "What wad I do wi' him, hussy/ What wad I do wi' him?"
7 Mendelssohn: "sark"
8 Mendelssohn: "sarks in my kist neuk"
9 Mendelssohn: "Father"

Glossary:

Fee = hire
Kist = chest
Merk = silver coin
Ha'd the pleugh = hold the plough
Crack = converse

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Researcher for this text: Ferdinando Albeggiani

This text was added to the website: 2010-01-10
Line count: 27
Word count: 183