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Songs That Every Child Should Know 11
Young- Jamie lo'ed me weel, and socht me for his
bride, But, saving- a crown, he had naething else beside; To make that crown a pound, my Jamie gaed to sea, And the crown and the pound were baith for me.
He had nae been awa a week but only twa,
When my mother she fell sick, and the cow was
stown awa; My father brak his arm, and young Jamie at the sea, And auld Robin Gray came a-courtin' me.
My father cou'd na work, and my mother cou'd na
spin, I toil'd day and night, but their bread I cou'd na
win, And Bob maintain'd them baith, and wi' tears in his
ee, Said Jenny, for their sakes, O marry me!
My heart it said Na; for I look'd for Jamie back: But the wind it blew high, and the ship it was a
wrack: The ship it was a wrack, — why did na Jamie dee, Or why do I live to say, Wae 's me ?
My father argu'd sair; my mother did na speak, But she look'd in my face till my heart was like to
break, Sae I gae him my hand, though my heart was i' the
sea; And auld Robin Gray was gudeman* to me.