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No. 114. As I gaed down the water-side.
Tune: Ca1 the yowes Scots Musical Museum, 1790, No. 264.
Chorus. Co1 the yowes to the knowes,
Co1 them whare the heather grows, Co? them whare the burnie rowes, My bonie dearie.
As I gaed down the water-side, There I met my shepherd lad : He row'd me sweetly in his plaid, An he ca'd me his dearie.
1 Will ye gang down the water-side, And see the waves sae sweetly glide Beneath the hazels spreading wide ? The moon it shines fu' clearly.'
'I was bred up in nae sic school, My shepherd lad to play the fool, And a' the day to sit in dool, And nae body to see me.'
'Ye sail get gowns and ribbons meet, Cauf-leather shoon upon your feet, And in my arms thou'lt lie and sleep, An' ay sail be my dearie.'
' If ye'll but stand to what ye've said,
I'se gang wi' you my shepherd lad,
And ye may row me in your plaid,
And I sail be your dearie.'
' While waters wimple to the sea, While day blinks in the lift sae hie, Till clay-cauld death sail blin' my e'e, Ye sail be my dearie.'