The Cock Laird, pp.213-214.

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A Cock laird fou cadgie, 

With Jenny did meet, 

He haws’d her, he kiss’d her, 

And ca’d her his sweet 

Wilt thou gae alang 

Wi’ me, Jenny, Jenny? 

Thouse be my ain lemmane, 

Jo Jenny, quoth he. 

– 

If I gae alang w’ ye, 

Ye maunna fail, 

To feast me with caddels 

And good hacket-kail. 

The deel’s in your nicety, 

Jenny, quoth he, 

Mayna bannocks of bear-meal 

Be as good for thee. 

– 

And I maun hae pinners, 

With pearling set round, 

A skirt of puddy, 

And a wastcoat of broun. 

Awa with sick vanities, 

Jenny, quoth he, 

For kurchis and kirtles 

Are fitter for thee. 

– 

My lairdship can yield me 

As meikle a year, 

As had us in pottage 

And good knockit beer: 

But having nae tenants, 

O Jenny, Jenny

To buy ought I ne’er have 

A penny, quoth he. 

– 

The borrowstoun merchants 

Will sell ye on tick, 

For we maun hae braw things, 

A beit they soud break. 

When broken, frae care 

The fools are set free, 

When we make them lairds 

In the abbey, quoth she. 

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