Duncan Gray

Original Text: 
George Thomson, A Select Collection of Original Scottish Airs for the Voice, vol. 1 of 2 vols. (1798-99: London: T. Preston, 1803). musi Fisher Rare Book Library (Toronto) (held in MUSI).
2      Ha, ha, the wooin o't!
4      Ha, ha, the wooin o't!
8      Ha, ha, the wooin o't!
10      Ha, ha, the wooin o't!
12      Ha, ha, the wooin o't!
13Duncan sigh'd baith out and in,
16      Ha, ha, the wooin o't!
17Time and chance are but a tide,
18      Ha, ha, the wooin o't!
20      Ha, ha, the wooin o't!
21"Shall I, like a fool," quoth he,
23She may gae to--France for me!"--
24      Ha, ha, the wooin o't!
25How it comes let doctors tell,
26      Ha, ha, the wooin o't!
27Meg grew sick as he grew hale,
28      Ha, ha, the wooin o't!
29Something in her bosom wrings,
30For relief a sigh she brings;
31And O! her een, they spak sic things
32      Ha, ha, the wooin o't!
33Duncan was a lad o' grace,
34      Ha, ha, the wooin o't!
35Maggie's was a piteous case,
36      Ha, ha, the wooin o't!
37Duncan could na be her death,
38Swelling pity smoor'd his wrath;
40      Ha, ha, the wooin o't!

Notes

1] The second of two versions. Back to Line
3] Yule: Christmas.
fou: full, drunk. Back to Line
5] coost: cast. Back to Line
6] Look'd askance and very skittish. Back to Line
7] gart: made.
abiegh: aloof. Back to Line
9] fleech'd: wheedled. Back to Line
11] Ailsa Craig: a rocky islet near Ayr. Back to Line
14] Grat: wept. Back to Line
15] Leaping over the waterfall. Back to Line
19] sair to bide: hard to endure. Back to Line
22] hizzie: hussy. Back to Line
39] crouse and cantie: brisk and jolly. Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
1798
RPO poem Editors: 
G. G. Falle
RPO Edition: 
3RP 2.320.
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