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JOHNNIE FAA. 285
And sweet Countess, I'm nothing less Than King o' the Gipsy laddies 0." «
She pull'd off her high heel'd shoes,— They were made of Spanish leather 0,—
She put on her Highland brogues, To follow the Gipsy laddie O.
At night, when my lord came riding home, «
Enquiring for his lady O, The waiting maid made this reply—
" She's following the Gipsy laddie O."
" O now then," quo' the bonny Earl,
" That ever siccan a thing suld be; s>
All ye that love, oh never build
Your nest upon the topmost tree.
" For oh the green leaves they will fall,
And roots and branches wither O; But the virtue o' a leal woman, «
I trow wad never swither O.
" Go saddle me my mylk white steed,
Go saddle it so sadly 0, And I will ride out oure the lea,
To follow her Gipsy laddie 0. w
" Go saddle me my bonny black, And eke my gray cowt quickly 0;
Gin I hae not Johnny Faa his head, The de'il may claw me tightly O.
" Have you been east, or have you been west, 63 Or have you been brisk and bonny O,