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In Blithe and Bonnie Fair Scotland
Taken down for the editor by Miss Chadburne of Mattawam-keag, Maine, 1916, from the singing of Frank Fowler, lumberjack. This ballad is known in English broadsides as "The Paisley Officer."
1 In blithe and bonnie Scotland,
Where blue bells there do grow, There lived a fair and comely maiden Down in the valley low,
2 A-herding there her father's flock
Down by the river side. Although her lot in life was low, She was called the village pride.
3 An officer down from Peasley town
A-hunting came that way. He hunted round those lowland shades Where Mary's cot doth lay.
4 With a long and loving eye he cast
Upon her form so fair, And wondered how so fair a plum Had grown and flourished there.
5 And then each day he came
That way and her a visit paid, Until at length he gained the heart Of this fair village dame.