Trad (adapted from 'Ettrick Lady')
As I gaed doon by the Etrick valley
at the hour o' 12 at night;
Wha should I spy but a fair haired lassie,
combin' her hair by candlelight.
Lassie i hae come a courtin.
an hopes your favour for tae win,
Lassie if you'll smile upon me
Maybe i'll come back again.
"sit ye doun ye'r hearty welcome
sit ye doun ye'r hearty so
sit ye doun ye'r hearty welcome
whether ye come back or no"
Lassie, I hae gold and silver.
Lassie, I hae hoose and land.
Lassie, I hae ships in the ocean.
They'll aye be there at your command.
"What dae Aa care for yer ships in the ocean?
What dae Aa care for yer hoos and land?
What dae Aa care for yer gold and silver,
When all Aa want is a handsome man?"
lassie dinna think on beauty
that's a flow'r will soon decay
the fairest flow'r in all your garden
when winter comes will fade away
"ripest apple soonest rotten
hottest love is soonest cold
young mens vows is soon forgotton
pray young man don't be so bold
first come lillies then come roses
first comes april then comes may
and the fairest flow'r in all the summer
when winter comes will fade away"
Did ee ever see the grass in the morning,
Aw bedecked wi jewels rare?
Did ee ever see a bonnie lassie,
Diamonds sparklin in her hair?
old age has laid her hand on me
as cold as a fire of ashy coals
but where o where is that fair haired lassie
so neat and clean about the soul?
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