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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Georgian Verse.  1909.
 
Lass, Gin Ye Lo’e Me
By James Tytler (1745–1804)
 
I HA’E laid a herring in saut,
Lass, gin ye lo’e me, tell me now!
I ha’e brewed a forpit o’ maut,
And I canna come ilka day to woo.
I ha’e a calf will soon be a cow;        5
Lass, gin ye lo’e me, tell me now!
I ha’e a pig will soon be a sow,
And I canna come ilka day to woo.
 
I’ve a house on yonder muir,
Lass, gin ye lo’e me, tell me now!        10
Three sparrows may dance upon the floor,
And I canna come ilka day to woo.
I ha’e a but and I ha’e a ben;
Lass, gin ye lo’e me, tell me now!
I ha’e three chickens and a fat hen,        15
And I canna come ilka day to woo.
 
I’ve a hen wi’ a happity leg,
Lass, gin ye lo’e me, tell me now!
Which ilka day lays me an egg,
And I canna come ilka day to woo.        20
I ha’e a kebbuck upon my shelf,
Lass gin ye lo’e me tak’ me now!
I downa eat it all myself;
And I winna come ony mair to woo.
 
 
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