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The Shepherd's Wife

TUNE: (Title Not Traced)

 

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Standard English Translation


1.
The shepherd's wife cries o'er the knowe,
' Will ye come hame, will ye come hame?'
The shepherd's wife cries o'er the knowe,
' Will ye come hame again e'en jo?'
' O what will ye gie me to my supper,
Gin I come hame, gin I come hame,
' O what will ye gie me to my supper,
Gin I come hame again e'en jo?'
2.
' Ye'se get a panfu' o' plumpin parridge,
And butter in them, and butter in them,
' Ye'se get a panfu' o' plumpin parridge,
Gin ye'll come hame again e'en jo?'
' Ha, ha, how! that's naething that dow,
I winna come hame, I canna come hame;
' Ha, ha, how! that's naething that dow,
I winna come hame gin e'ern jo.'
3.
The shepherd's wife cries o'er the knowe,
' Will ye come hame, will ye come hame?'
The shepherd's wife cries o'er the knowe,
' Will ye come hame again e'en jo?'
' O what will ye gie me to my supper,
Gin I come hame, gin I come hame,
' O what will ye gie me to my supper,
Gin I come hame again e'en jo?'
4.
' A reekin fat hen, weel fryth'd i' the pan,
Gin ye'll come hame, gin ye'll come hame,
' A reekin fat hen, weel fryth'd i' the pan,
Gin ye'll come hame again e'en jo?'
' Ha, ha, how! that's naething that dow,
I winna come hame, I canna come hame;
' Ha, ha, how! that's naething that dow,
I winna come hame gin e'ern jo.'
5.
The shepherd's wife cries o'er the knowe,
' Will ye come hame, will ye come hame?'
The shepherd's wife cries o'er the knowe,
' Will ye come hame again e'en jo?'
' O what will ye gie me to my supper,
Gin I come hame, gin I come hame,
' O what will ye gie me to my supper,
Gin I come hame again e'en jo?'
6.
' A weel made bed and a pair o' clean sheets,
Gin ye'll come hame, gin ye'll come hame,
' A weel made bed and a pair o' clean sheets,
Gin ye'll come hame again e'en jo?'
' Ha, ha, how! that's naething that dow,
I winna come hame, I canna come hame;
' Ha, ha, how! that's naething that dow,
I winna come hame gin e'ern jo.'
7.
The shepherd's wife cries o'er the knowe,
' Will ye come hame, will ye come hame?'
The shepherd's wife cries o'er the knowe,
' Will ye come hame again e'en jo?'
' O what will ye gie me to my supper,
Gin I come hame, gin I come hame,
' O what will ye gie me to my supper,
Gin I come hame again e'en jo?'
8.
' A luvin wife in lily-white linens,
Gin ye'll come hame, gin ye'll come hame,
' A luvin wife in lily-white linens,
Gin ye'll come hame again e'en jo?'
' Ha, ha, how! that's something that dow,
I will come hame, I will come hame:
' Ha, ha, how! that's something that dow,
I will come hame again e'en jo.'



The shepherd's wife cries over the hill,
' Will you come home, will you come home?'
The shepherd's wife cries over the hill,
' Will you come home by evening sweetheart?'
' O what will you give me to (for) my supper,
If I come home, if I come home,
' O what will you give me to (for) my supper,
If I come home by evening sweetheart?'

' You will get a pan full of plumping porridge,
And butter in them, and butter in them,
' You will get a pan full of plumping porridge,
If you will come home by evening sweetheart?'
' Ha, ha, how! that is nothing that able,
I will not come home, I can not come home;
' Ha, ha, how! that is nothing that able,
I will not come home before evening sweetheart.'

The shepherd's wife cries over the hill,
' Will you come home, will you come home?'
The shepherd's wife cries over the hill,
' Will you come home by evening sweetheart?'
' O what will you give me to (for) my supper,
If I come home, if I come home,
' O what will you give me to (for) my supper,
If I come home by evening sweetheart?'

' A smoking fat hen, well fried in the pan,
If you will come home, if you will come home,
' A smoking fat hen, well fried in the pan,
If you will come home by evening sweetheart?'
' Ha, ha, how! that is nothing that able,
I will not come home, I can not come home;
' Ha, ha, how! that is nothing that able,
I will not come home before evening sweetheart.'

The shepherd's wife cries over the hill,
' Will you come home, will you come home?'
The shepherd's wife cries over the hill,
' Will you come home by evening sweetheart?'
' O what will you give me to (for) my supper,
If I come home, if I come home,
' O what will you give me to (for) my supper,
If I come home by evening sweetheart?'

' A well made bed and a pair of clean sheets,
If you will come home, if you will come home,
' A well made bed and a pair of clean sheets,
If you will come home by evening sweetheart?'
' Ha, ha, how! that is nothing that able,
I will not come home, I can not come home;
' Ha, ha, how! that is nothing that able,
I will not come home before evening sweetheart.'

The shepherd's wife cries over the hill,
' Will you come home, will you come home?'
The shepherd's wife cries over the hill,
' Will you come home by evening sweetheart?'
' O what will you give me to (for) my supper,
If I come home, if I come home,
' O what will you give me to (for) my supper,
If I come home by evening sweetheart?'

' A loving wife in lily-white linens,
If you will come home, if you will come home,
' A loving wife in lily-white linens,
If you will come home by evening sweetheart?'
' Ha, ha, how! that is something that able,
I will come home, I will come home:
' Ha, ha, how! that is something that able,
I will come home before evening sweetheart.'

 

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