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Air The Waefu' Heart.
1 GIN living worth could win my heart,
2 You would na speak in vain;
3 But in the darksome grave it's laid,
4 Never to rise again.
5 My waefu' heart lies low wi' his,
6 Whose heart was only mine;
7 And, O! what a heart was that to lose,
8 But I maun no repine.
9 Yet, O! gin heaven in mercy soon
10 Would grant the boon I crave,
11 And take this life, now naething worth,
12 Since Jamie's in his grave.
13 And see! his gentle spirit comes
14 To show me on my way;
15 Surpris'd, nae doubt, I still am here,
16 Sair wondering at my stay.
17 I come, I come, my Jamie dear;
18 And O! wi' what good will
19 I follow wheresoe'er ye lead!
20 Ye canna lead to ill.
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21 She said; and soon a deadly pale
22 Her faded cheek possess'd;
23 Her waefu' heart forgot to beat,
24 Her sorrows sunk to rest.
1. In the notes to the "Scots Musical Museum," vol. iii. p. 228, Mr Stenhouse says: "Both the words and music of this elegant and pathetic song were taken from a single sheet, printed in London about the year 1788, and sold by Joseph Dale, No. 19, Cornhill, 'sung by MASTER KNYVETT.' From this circumstance, I am led to conclude that it is a modern Anglo-Scottish production, especially as it does not appear in any of the old collections of our songs. If it be an imitation of the Scottish style however, it is a very successful one."


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Title (in Source Edition): THE WAEFU' HEART.
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Blamire, Susanna, 1747-1794. The Poetical Works of Miss Susanna Blamire “The muse of Cumberland.” Now for the first time collected by Henry Lonsdale, M.D. with a preface, memoir, and notes by Patrick Maxwell, ... Edinburgh: John Menzies, 61 Princes Street; R. Tyas, London; D. Robertson, Glasgow; and C. Thurnam, Carlisle. MDCCCXLII., 1842, pp. 205-206.  (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [42.256].)

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