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Air Crowdy.
1 IF tempers were put up to seale,
2 Our Jwohn's wad bear a duced preyce;
3 He vow'd 'twas barley i' the broth,
4 Upon my word, says I, it's reyce.
5 "I mek nea faut," our Jwohnny says,
6 "The broth is guid and varra neyce;
7 I only say it's barley broth."
8 Tou says what's wrang, says I, it's reyce.
9 Did ever mortal hear the leyke!
10 As if I hadn't sense to tell!
11 Tou may think reyce the better thing,
12 But barley broth dis just as well. "
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13 "And sae it mud, if it was there;
14 The deil a grain is i' the pot;
15 But tou mun ayways threep yen down,
16 I've drawn the deevil of a lot!"
17 "And what's the lot that I have drawn?
18 Pervarsion is a woman's neame!
19 Sae fares-te-weel! I'll sarve my king,
20 And never, never mair come heame."
21 Now Jenny frets frae mworn to neet;
22 The Sunday cap's nae langer neyce;
23 She aye puts barley i' the broth,
24 And hates the varra neame o' reyce.
25 Thus treyfles vex, and treyfles please,
26 And treyfles mek the sum o' leyfe;
27 And treyfles mek a bonny lass
28 A wretched or a happy weyfe!


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Title (in Source Edition): BARLEY BROTH.
Genres: song

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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. 213-214.  (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [42.256].)

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