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158            TONE-POETRY OF ROBERT BURNS
No. 176. There was a lass, they cad her Meg.
Tune : Ye'11 ay be welcome back again Bremner's Scots Reels, 1759, p. 56.
There was a lass, they ca'd her Meg,
And she held o'er the moors to spin ; There was a lad that follow'd her,
They ca'd him Duncan Davison. The moor was dreigh, and Meg was skeigh,
Her favour Duncan couldna win; For wi' the rock she wad him knock,
And ay she shook the temper-pin.
As o'er the moor they lightly foor,
A burn was clear, a glen was green ; Upon the banks they eas'd their shanks,
And ay she set the wheel between : But Duncan swoor a haly aith,
That Meg should be a bride the morn ; Then Meg took up her spinnin graith,
And flang them a' out o'er the burn.
We will big a wee, wee house,
And we will live like king and queen, Sae blythe and merry 's we will be,
When ye set by the wheel at e'en! A man may drink, and no be drunk ;
A man may light, and no be slain ; A man may kiss a bonie lass,
And ay be welcome back again I






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