Glasgow Peggie

No: 228; variant: 228C

  1. ‘HE set her on his bonnie black horse, He set himsel on his gude grey naigie; He has ridden over hills, he has ridden over dales, And he’s quite awa wi my bonny Peggy.
  2. ‘Her brow it is brent and her middle it is jimp, Her arms are long and her fingers slender; One sight of her eyes makes my very heart rejoice, And wae’s my heart that we should sunder!’
  3. His sheets were of the good green hay, His blankets were of the brackens bonnie; He’s laid his trews beneath her head, And she’s lain down wi her Highland laddie.
  4. ‘I am my mother’s ae daughter, And she had nae mair unto my daddie, And this night she would have a sore, sore heart For to see me lye down with a Highland laddie.’
  5. ‘Ye are your mother’s ae daughter, And she had nae mae unto your daddie; This night she need not have a sore, sore heart For to see you lie down with a Highland laddie.
  6. ‘I have four-and-twenty acres of land, It is ploughed, it is sown, and is always ready, And you shall have servants at your command; And why should you slight a Highland laddie?
  7. ‘I have four-and-twenty good milk-kye, They are feeding on yon meadow bonnie; Besides, I have both lambs and ewes, Going low in the haughs o Galla water.
  8. ‘My house it stands on yon hill-side, My broadsword, durk, and bow is ready, And you shall have servants at your command; And why may not Peggy be called a lady?’