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Cooper o Dundee

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The Cooper o' Dundee

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The Cooper o' Dundee

Ye coopers and hoopers, attend to my ditty,
I sing o'a cooper wha dwelt in Dundee;
This young man he was baith am'rous and witty,
He pleased the fair maids wi the blink o' his e'e.
  He was nae a cooper, a common tub-hooper,
  The most o'his trade lay in pleasin'the fair;
  He hoopt them, he coopt them, he bort them, he plugt them,
  An' a' sent for Sandy when out o'repair.

For a twelvemonth or sae this youth was respected,
An' he was as busy, as weel he could be;
But bus'ness increased so that some were neglected,
Which ruined trade in the town o'Dundee.
  A baillie's fair daughter had wanted a coopin',
  And Sandy was sent for, as oft time was he;
  He yerkt her sae hard that she sprung an end-hoopin'
  Which banish'd poor Sandy frae bonnie Dundee.
From MacColl, Folk Songs and Ballads of Scotland
Collected by Burns
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