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222 Ballads and Songs of Michigan
86 THE VILLAGE PRIDE
For texts and references see Mackenzie, pp. 143-146.
Version A was obtained in 1916 by Miss Helen MacAlpine, a student u Michigan State Normal College, Ypsilanu, from the singing of her father, Mi Duncan MacAlpine, Bad Axe; he was born in Canada, where in his youth he ha< learned the song from an old man, Mr. Alex MacLaughlin.
1 In bonnie, blithe, and fair Scotland Where bluebells they do grow, There lived a fair and comely maid Down in the valleys low.
2 And she had ofttimes heard it said, Whilst on the banks of Clyde, Although her cottage was mean and low, She was called the village pride.
3 An officer from Paisley town Went out to fowl one day,
And many times he wandered by Where Mary's cottage lay.
4 But little he thought so fair a flower Could grow and flourish there.
That officer came in one day, His face was decked with woe, Saying, "Mary, dearest Mary, It's from you I must go.
"Our regiment was ordered out, And I've received command To forsake these pleasant lowland shades For India's burning sands.
"O Mary, dearest Mary,
Will you not be my wedded wife