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Air β€” The Mason Laddie.
1 O JENNY dear, lay by your pride,
2 Or else I plainly see
3 Your wrinkles ye'll be fain to hide,
4 May-be at sixty-three.
5 But, take my word, 'tis then o'er late
6 To gain a wayward man;
7 A maiden auld her hooks may bait,
8 But catch us gin you can!
9 An unco prize forsooth ye are!
10 For, when the bait is tane,
11 Ye fill our hearts sae fu' o' care,
12 We wish them ours again.
13 To witch our faith, ye tell a tale
14 O' love that ne'er will end;
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15 Nae hinny'd words wi' me prevail,
16 For men will never mend.
17 But, Jenny, look at aunty Kate,
18 Wha is a maiden auld,
19 I's warrant she repented late
20 When wooers' hearts grew cauld.
21 An ape to lead's a silly thing
22 When ye step down below,
23 Or here to sit wi' chittering wing
24 Like birdies i' the snow.
25 That's better than to sit at hame
26 Wi' saut tears i' my ee;
27 An ape I think's a harmless thing
28 To sic a thing as ye.
29 Good men are chang'd frae wooers sair,
30 And naething do but slight;
31 A wife becomes a drudge o' care,
32 And never's in the right.
33 There's bonny Tibby o' the glen,
34 And Anny o' the hill,
35 Their beauty crazed baith their men,
36 And might delight them still;
37 But now they watch their lordies' frowns,
38 Their sauls they daurna own;
39 'Tis tyranny that wedlock crowns,
40 And woman's joys are flown.


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Title (in Source Edition): O JENNY DEAR.
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Blamire, Susanna, 1747-1794. The Poetical Works of Miss Susanna Blamire β€œThe 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. 234-235.  (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [42.256].)

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