Will Steward and John

No: 107; variant: 107B

  1. ‘SPEAK for yoursell, John Stewart,’ he did say, ‘Speak for yoursell, John Stewart,’ he did say, ‘Speak for yoursell, John Stewart,’ he did say, ‘And soon an answer I will gie to thee; The highest service I can give thee Is to wait on my daughter Ailly.
  2. ’. . . . . . . . . . If ever I gie a man a penny wage, I’m sure, John Stewart, ye shall hae three.’
  3. ‘I speak not for mysell,’ John Stewart he did say, ‘I speak for a lord of a higher degree; The message is from my brother William, Your loving daughter’s husband to be.’
  4. ’. . . . . . . . . . . . i’ll rather beat fair Ailly in my leather bang, As lang as she can either stand or gang.’
  5. . . . . . . . . . . ‘Ye hadna beat her before my face Or ye’ll beat three hundred men and me.’
  6. When william came to Mulbery Hall, He kissd the ladies one and all; But when he cam to fair Ailly, She thought he might hae gaen her twa or three.
  7. Between the kitchen and the garden It is calld a measured mile; That lady and that lord fell into discourse, And they thought they rode it in a short while. Chorus: Tring dilly, tring dilly, tring ding dido, Tring dilly, tring dilly, dolo dee.