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No. 163. As I was walking up the street.
Tune : Mally 's meek, Mally 's sweet Scots Musical Museum, 1803, No. 597.
Chorus. Mally 's meek, Mally 's sweet, Mally''s modest and discreet, Matty's rare, Molly's fair, Mally's ev'ry way complete.
As I was walking up the street, A barefit maid I chanc'd to meet;
But O, the road was very hard For that fair maiden's tender feet!
It were mair meet that those fine feet Were weel lac'd up in silken shoon!
An* 'twere more fit that she should sit Within yon chariot gilt aboon 1
Her yellow hair, beyond compare,
Comes trinklin down her swan-white neck,
And her two eyes like stars in skies, Would keep a sinking ship frae wreck.
No. 164. Is this thy plighted, fond regard?
Tune : Ruffian's rant (see infra).
Chorus. Canst thou leave me thus, my Katie! Canst thou leave me thus, my Katie! Well thou know'st my aching heart, And canst thou leave me thus for pity ?