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No. 199. Had I the wyte.
Tune : Come kiss with me Orpheus Caledonius, 1733, No. 39.
Had I the wyte, had I the wyte,
Had I the wyte ?—she bade me ; She watch'd me by the hie-gate side,
And up the loan she shaw'd me; And when I wadna venture in,
A coward loon she ca'd me : Had kirk and state been in the gate,
I'd lighted when she bade me.
Sae craftilie she took me ben
And bade me mak nae clatter:— 'For our ramgunshoch, glum guidman
Is o'er ayont the water: * Whae'er shall say I wanted grace,
When I did kiss and dawte her, Let him be planted in my place,
Syne say I was the fautor!
Could I for shame, could I for shame,
Could I for shame refus'd her? And wadna manhood been to blame
Had I unkindly used her? He claw'd her wi' the ripplin-kame,
And blae and bluidy bruised her— When sic a husband was frae hame,
What wife but wad excused her?

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