No: 280; variant: 280D
- ‘TWAS in the pleasant month of June,
When woods and valleys a’ grow green,
And valiant ladies walk alane,
While Phoebus shines soe clearly.
And valiant ladies, etc.
- Out-ower yon den I spied a swain,
Wi a shepherd’s club into his han;
He was driving ewes out-ower yon knowes,
And said, Lassie, I could love you.
He was driving ewes, etc.
- ‘Oh, I could love you manifold,
As Jacob lovd Rachel of old,
As Jesse lovd the fields of gold,
So dearly could I love you.
- ‘In ha’s and chambers ye’se be laid,
In silks and cambrics ye’se be clade,
An wi the finest ye’se be fed,
My dear, gin ye would believe me.’
- ‘Your ha’s and chambers ye’ll soon sweep clean,
Wi your flattering tongue now let me alane;
You are designd to do me wrang,
Awa, young man, and leave me.
- ‘But tell me now what is your trade,
When you’ve given over sheep and club?’
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- ‘By making besoms I win by bread,
And spindles and whorles in time o need;
Isn’t that a gentle trade indeed?
Bonnie lassie, can you loe me?
- ‘Will ye cast aff your mantle black
And put on you a clouty cloak,
And follow me close at the back,
- Then she coost aff her mantle black,
And she put on a clouty cloak,
And she followd him close at the back,
- As they gaed through youn borough-town,
For shame the lassie lookit down,
But they bought a loaf and they both sat down,
And the lassie ate wi her laddie.
- When they came to his father’s gate,
Sae loudly as he rappd thereat;
‘My dear,’ said she, ‘ye’ll be found in faut
For rapping there sae loudly.’
- Then four-and-twenty gentlemen
Convoyd the gentle beggar ben,
And aye as mony gay ladies
Convoyd the bonny lassie.
- When they were come into the ha,
Wi laughter a’ were like to fa:
‘I wish, dear brother, we had begge:d a’,
For sic a bonnie lassie.’
- Then as he stood amang them a’,
He let his meal-pocks a’ down fa,
And in red gowd he shone oer them a’,
And she was a young knight’s lady.
- Yestreen she was the begger’s bride,
As his wife she now stood by his side,
And for a’ the lassie’s ill misguide,
She’s now the young knight’s lady.