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THE RANTIN' LADDIE.
An imperfect copy of this ballad was printed in Johnson's Museum, (p. 474,) contributed, Mr. Sten-house informs us, by Burns. The present copy is from the Thistle of Scotland, p. 7. Another, shorter than either, is given in Buchan's Ballads of the North of Scotland, ii. 66, Lord Aboyne. (Also in Smith's Scottish Minstrel, iv. 6.)
" Aft hae I playd at cards and dice For the love o' a bonny rantin' laddie,
But now I maun sit i' my father's kitchen nook, And sing,' Hush, balow, my baby.'
" If I had been wise, and had ta'en advice, s
And dane as my bonny love bade me, I would hae been married at Martinmas, ' And' been wi' my rantin' laddie.
" But I was na wise, I took nae advice,
Did not as my bonny Jove bade me, io
And now I maun sit by mysel' i' the nook, And rock my bastard baby.
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