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369. Song—My Collier Laddie

 WHARE live ye, my bonie lass?
 And tell me what they ca’ ye;
My name, she says, is mistress Jean,
 And I follow the Collier laddie.
My name, she says, &c.
See you not yon hills and dales The sun shines on sae brawlie; They a’ are mine, and they shall be thine, Gin ye’ll leave your Collier laddie.
They a’ are mine, &c.
Ye shall gang in gay attire, Weel buskit up sae gaudy; And ane to wait on every hand, Gin ye’ll leave your Collier laddie.
And ane to wait, &c.
Tho’ ye had a’ the sun shines on, And the earth conceals sae lowly, I wad turn my back on you and it a’, And embrace my Collier laddie.
I wad turn my back, &c.
I can win my five pennies in a day, An’ spen’t at night fu’ brawlie: And make my bed in the collier’s neuk, And lie down wi’ my Collier laddie.
And make my bed, &c.
Love for love is the bargain for me, Tho’ the wee cot-house should haud me; And the warld before me to win my bread, And fair fa’ my Collier laddie! And the warld before me, &c.

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