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Robert Burns (1759–1796).  Poems and Songs.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
217. Song—The Lad they ca’ Jumpin John
 
 
HER daddie forbad, her minnie forbad
  Forbidden she wadna be:
She wadna trow’t the browst she brew’d,
  Wad taste sae bitterlie.
 
Chorus.—The lang lad they ca’Jumpin John        5
  Beguil’d the bonie lassie,
The lang lad they ca’Jumpin John
  Beguil’d the bonie lassie.
 
A cow and a cauf, a yowe and a hauf,
  And thretty gude shillin’s and three;        10
A vera gude tocher, a cotter-man’s dochter,
  The lass wi’ the bonie black e’e.
      The lang lad, &c.
 

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