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Air Lucy Campbell.
1 O JENNY dear, I've courted lang,
2 I've telt my tale and sung my sang,
3 And yet I fear I'm i' the wrang,
4 For ye'll na mak a wedding o't.
5 In winter when the frost and snaw
6 Wi' bitter blast around wad blaw,
7 I'd o'er the moor, nor mind it a',
8 In hopes ye'd mak a wedding o't.
9 And gin ye smil'd or kindly spak,
10 It smooth'd the road, and help'd me back;
11 I thought nae answer I wad tak,
12 For we wad mak a wedding o't.
13 Now, when I gae to kirk or fair,
14 The laddies scoff, the lassies jeer;
15 "Is this poor Jock? the good be here!
16 For sure he's made a wedding o't.
17 What is become of a' his fun?
18 Alak! his joyfu' days are done;
19 Or else he's pawn'd his dancing shoon,
20 Sin he has made a wedding o't.
21 Sure marriage is a dreadfu' thing!
22 Ye mind 'tis only i' the spring
23 That little birdies chirp and sing,
24 Or, till they've made a wedding o't."
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25 Then up spak honest Johnny Bell:
26 "My bairns, I ance was young mysel
27 I've mony a blithsome tale to tell
28 Sin first I made a wedding o't;
29 My Tibby was a winsome bride,
30 Nay, yet she is her auld man's pride!
31 Nae faut i' her I ever spyed,
32 Sin first we made a wedding o't:
33 Ilk day we live we fonder grow,
34 Though buckl'd fifty years ago;
35 Here's comfort for ye, young ones a',
36 Then haste ye, mak a wedding o't.


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Title (in Source Edition): O JENNY DEAR, I'VE COURTED LANG.
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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. 240-241.  (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [42.256].)

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