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284
JOHNNIE FAA.
Gied them red wine and manchet cake,                15
And all for the Gipsy laddie O.
The Earl wad gae hunt in Maybole woods, For blythsome was the morning O,
To hunt the deer wi' the yelping curs,
Wi' the huntsman bugle sounding O.                20
The Countess went doun to the ha',
To hae a erack at them fairly O; " And och," she cried, " I wad follow thee,
To the end o' the world or nearly O."
He kist the Countess lips sae red,                           25
And her jimp white waist he cuddled O ;
She smoothed his beard wi' her luvely hand, And a' for her Gipsy laddie O.
" And och," she cried, "that I should love thee, And ever wrong my Earlie O ;                          so
I ken there's glamour in mine e'ee, To follow a Gipsy laddie O."
Quo he, " Thou art ane Earl's ladye,
And that is kent fu' fairly O ; But if thou comest awa wi' me,                               ss
Thou'lt be a queen so rarely O.
" I'm Johnny Faa 0' Yetholm town, There dwall my min and daddie O ;
v. 37. " Yetholm, on the borders of Northumberland, sit­uated among the recesses of the Cheviots, has ever been the headquarters of the Gipsy tribes. The Faas, (a corruption of Fall, their original designation.) the Youngs, Armstrongs, and Gordons still look up to this straggling village as their city of refuge." Sheldon.







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