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First Line: Saw ye johnny comin', quo' she
Last Line: Crack wi' me at e'en.'
Subject(s): Love

'SAW ye Johnny comin', quo' she,
'Saw ye Johnny comin'?
Wi' his blue bonnet on his head,
And his doggie runnin'?
Yestreen about the gloamin' time
I chanced to see him comin',
Whistling merrily the tune
That I am a' day hummin',' quo' she,
'I am a' day hummin'.'

'Fee him, faither, fee him,' quo' she,
'Fee him, faither, fee him;
A' the wark about the house
Gaes wi' me when I see him:
A' the wark about the house,
I gang sae lightly through it;
And though ye pay some merks o' gear,
Hoot! ye winna rue it,' quo' she,
'No; ye winna rue it.'

'What wad I do wi' him, hizzy?
What wad I do wi' him?
He's ne'er a sark upon his back,
And I hae nane to gie him.'
'I hae twa sarks into my kist,
And ane o' them I'll gie him;
And for a merk o' mair fee,
O, dinna stand wi' him,' quo' she;
'Dinna stand wi' him.'

'Weel do I lo'e him,' quo' she,
'Weel do I lo'e him,
The brawest lads about the place
Are a' but haverels to him.
O fee him, faither; lang I trow
We've dull and dowie been;
He'll haud the plough, thrash i' the barn,
And crack wi' me at e'en,' quo' she,
'Crack wi' me at e'en.'

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