Familiar Songs - Their Authors & Histories

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And we're a' noddin', Nid, nid, noddin',
And we're a' noddin' At our house at hame.
Gude e'en to ye, kimmer,
And are ye alane ? Oh, come and see how blythe are we,
For Jamie he's cam' hame. And oh, he's been lang awa',
And oh, my heart was sair, As I sobbed out a lang fareweel,
May be to meet nae mair.
Noo we're a' noddin', etc.
Oh, sair ha'e I fought,
Ear' and late did I toil, My bairnies for to feed and dead,
My comfort was their smile !
When I thocht on Jamie far awa',
An' o' his love sa fain, A bodin' thrill cam' thro' my heart,
We'd may be meet again.
Noo we're a' noddin', etc.
When he knocket at the door,
I thocht I kent the rap, And little Katie cried aloud,
" My daddie, he's cam' back !" A stoun gaed thro' my anxious breast^
As thochtfully 1 sat, I raise, I gazed, fell in his arms,
And bursted out and grat.
Noo we're a' noddin',
Nid, nid, noddin', And we're a' noddin'
At our house at hame.
The authorship of this exquisite Scottish song has long been a subject of dispute. Conflicting claims are urged by the friends of William Julius Mickle, and Jean Adam. Mickle's claim rests upon the affirmation by Rev. John Sim, editor of Mickle's works, that Mrs. Mickle perfectly recollected her husband's giving her the ballad as his own production, and explaning to her English ears the unfamiliar Scottish words and phrases. Jean Adam's title to the honor is upheld principally by the statement of Mrs. Fullerton, a pupil of Miss Adam's, who had many times heard her repeat it, and distinctly claim the authorship.

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