The blythsome Bridal, pp.89-91.

[Tea-Table Miscellany Contents]

FY let us a’ to the bridal, 

For there will be lilting there; 

For Jocky’s to be married to Maggie

The lass wi’ the gowden hair, 

And there will be lang-kail and pottage, 

And bannocks of barley-meal; 

And there will be good sawt herring, 

To relish a cog of good ale. 

Fy let us a’ to the bridal, &c. 


And there will be Saney the sutor, 

And Will wi’ the meikle mou; 

And there will be Tam the blutter, 

With Andrew the tinkler, I trow; 

And there will be bow’d legged Robbie

With thumbless Katie’s goodman; 

And there will be blue cheeked Dowbie

And Lawrie the laird of the land. 

Fy let us, &c. 


And there will be Sow-libber Patie

And plucky-fac’d Wat i’ the mill, 

Capper-nos’d Francie and Gibbie

That wins in the how of the hill; 

And there will be Alaster Sibbie

Wha in with black Bessy did mool, 

With snivelling Lilly and Tibby

The lass that stands aft on the stool. 

Fy let us, &c. 


And Madge that was buckled to Steenie

And cost him gray breeks to his arse, 

Wha after was hangit for stealing, 

Great mercy it happen’d nae warse: 

And there will gleed Geordy Janners

And Kirsh with the lilly white leg, 

Wha gade to the south for manners, 

And bang’d up her wame in Mons-meg

Fy let us, &c. 


And there will be Juden Mclawrie

And blinkin daft Barbara Mcleg

Wi’ flae lugged sharny fac’d Lawrie

And shangy mou’d halucket Meg

And there will be happer-ars’d Nansy

And fairy-fac’d Flowrie by name, 

Muck Madie, and fat hippit Grisy

The lass wi’ the gowden wame. 

Fy let us, &c. 


And there will be Girn-again-Gibbie

With his glakit wife Jenny Bell

And misle-shin’d Mungo Ma’apie

The lad that was skipper himsel. 

There lads and lasses in pearlings 

Will feast in the heart of the ha’, 

On sybows, and rifarts, and carlings, 

That are baith sodden and raw. 

Fy let us, &c. 


And there will be fadges and brachen, 

With fourth of good gabbocks of skate, 

Powsowdy, and drammock, and crowdy, 

And caller nowt feet in a plate. 

And there will be partans and buckies, 

And whytens and speldings enew, 

With singed sheep-heads, and a haggies, 

And scadlips to sup till ye spew. 

Fy let us, &c. 


And there will be lapper’d milk kebbucks, 

And sowens, and farles, and Baps, 

With swats, and well scraped paunches, 

And brandy in stoups and in caps: 

And there will be meal-kail and castocks, 

With skink to sup till ye rive, 

And roasts to roast on a brander, 

Of flowks that were taken alive. 

Fy let us, &c. 


Scrapt haddocks, wilks, dulse and tangle, 

And a mill of good snishing to prie; 

When weary with eating and drinking, 

We’ll rise up and dance till we die. 

Then fy let us a’ to the bridal

For there will be lilting there

For Jocky’s to be married to Maggie, 

The lass wi’ the gowden hair

Old Songs

Leave a Reply