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Happy Love
Sing f al da rol da ri do,
Fal da rol da riddy-o,
Fal da rol da ri do,
At Robin Tamson's smiddy-o.
2    Noo Robin was a cankered carle An' had a bonnie dochter-o; He ne'er would let her tak a man, Though mony's the one had socht her-o. So what do you think o' me exploit The time our mare was shoeing-o?
I slippit ben beside the lass And merrily fell to wooing-o.
3    But aye she eyed me auld breeks As her an' me sat crackin'-o;
Says I, "Ne'er mind me auld breeks, I've new ones for the makin'-o. If ye'll agree to gang wi' me An' leave the carle your faither-o, Ye'll hae me breeks to haud in trim, Mysel' an' a' thegither-o."
4    Says she, "Young man, your offer's fair, I really think I'll tak it-o;
So just bring out the auld yad,
An' we'll baith git on the back o't-o.
If I mun wait me f aither's time,
I mun wait till I be fifty-o;
So I think I'll marry in me prime
An' mak a wife fu' thrifty-o."
5    Noo Robin was an angry man For the losing o' his dochter-o.
He sought her o'er the countryside; Baith far an' near he socht her-o. One night he came to oor fireside Where her an' me sat crackin'-o. Says I, "Auld man, I've ta'en your bairn, But ye can tak' me mither-o."

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