Saw Ye My Wee Thing?
The Words by Hector Macneil Esq.
Air – Bonnie Dundee.
Arranged by Finlay Dun.
Saw ye my wee thing? Saw ye my ain thing?
Saw ye my true love down on yon lea?
Cross’d she the meadow yestreen at the gloamin’?
Sought she the burnie whar flow’rs the haw-tree?
Her hair it is lint-white; Her skin it is milk-white;
Dark is the blue o’ her saft rolling e’e;
Red, red, he ripe lips, and sweeter than roses;
Whar could my wee thing wander frae me?
I saw na’ your wee thing, I saw na’ your ain thing,
Nor saw I your true love down on yon lea;
But I met my bonnie thing late in the gloamin’,
Down by the burnie whar flow’rs the law-tree,
Her hair it was lint-white; her skin it was milk-white;
Dark was the blue o’ her saft rolling e’e;
Red were her ripe lips, and sweeter than roses,
Sweet were the kisses that she ga’d to me.
It was na’ my wee thing, it was na’ my ain thing,
It was na’ my true love ye met by the tree;
Proud is her leal heart, and modest her nature,
She never lo’ed onie till ance she lo’ed me.
Her name it is Mary; she’s frae Castle-Cary;
Aft has she sat when a bairn on my knee;
Fair as your face is, wer’t fifty times fairer.
Young braggart, she ne’er would gie kisses to thee.
It was then your Mary she’s frae Castle-Cary;
It was then your true love, I met by the tree;
Proud as her heart is, and modest her nature,
Sweet were the kisses that she ga’e to me.
Sair gloom’d his dark brow, blood-red his cheek grew,
Wild flash’d the fire frae his red rolling e’e!
Ye’s rue sair this morning your boasts & your scorning;
Defend ye fause traitor fu’ loudly ye lie.
Awa’ wi’ beguilling; cried the youth, smiling;
Aft’ went the bannet; the lint-white locks flee;
The belted plaid fa’ing, her white bosom shawing;
Fair stood the lov’d maid wi’ the dark rolling e’e.
Is it my wee thing! is it my ain thing!
Is it my true love here that I see!
O, Jamie, forgie me; your heart’s constant to me;
I’ll never mair wander my true love, frae thee.