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As Late By A Sodger I Chanced To Pass

 

 

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Standard English Translation

As Late By A Sodger I Chanced To Pass

TUNE: I'll mak you be fain to follow me
1.
As late by a sodger I chanced to pass,
I heard him a courtin a bonie young lass,
' My hinny, my life, my dearest,' quo he,
' I'll mak you be fain to follow me.'
' Gin I should follow you a poor sodger lad
Ilk ane o' my cummers wad think I was mad.
For battles I never shall lang to sea,
I'll never be fain to follow thee.'
2.
' To follow me, I think ye may be glad,
A part o' my supper, a part o' my bed,
A part o' my bed, wherever it be,
I'll mak ye be fain to follow me.
Come try my knapsack on your back,
Alang the king's highgate we'll pack,
Between St. Johnston and bonie Dundee,
I'll mak you be fain to follow me.'

As Late By A Soldier I Chanced To Pass

TUNE: I will make you be desirous to follow me

As late by a soldier I chanced to pass,
I heard him a courting a lovely young girl,
' My honey, my life, my dearest,' said he,
' I'll make you be desirous to follow me.'
' If I should follow you a poor soldier lad
Each one of my gossips would think I was mad.
For battles I never shall long to sea,
I will never be desirous to follow you.'

' To follow me, I think you may be glad,
A part of my supper, a part of my bed,
A part of my bed, wherever it be,
I will make you be desirous to follow me.
Come try my knapsack on your back,
Along the king's highway we will pack,
Between St. Johnston (Perth) and lovely Dundee,
I will make you be desirous to follow me.'

 

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