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Air, The Mill Mill o.'

When wild war's deadly blast was blawn),

And gentle peace returning,
Wi' mony a sweet babe fatherless,

And mony a widow mourning,

I left the lines and tented field,

Where lang I'd been a lodger, My humble knapsack a' my wealth,

А poor and honest sodger.

A leal, light heart was in my breast,

My hand unstain'd wi' plunder ; And for fair Scotia hame again,

I cheery on did wander.

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I thought upon the banks o' Coil,
I tho

'pon my Nancy,
I thoughi ujui the witching smile

That caught my youthful fancy :

At length I reach'd the bonnie glen,

Where early life I sported ;
I pass’d the mill, and trysting thorn,

Where Nancy aft I courted:
Wha spied 1 but my ain dear maid,

Down by her mother's dwelling!

And turn'd me round to hide the flood

That in my een was swelling.

Wi' alterd voice, quoth I, sweet lass,

Sweet as yon hawthorn's blossom, 0! happy, happy may he be,

That's dearest to thy bosom!
My purse is light, I've far to gang,

And fain wad be thy lodger;
I've serv'd my king and country lang,

Take pity on a sodger.

Sae wistfully she gaz'd on me,

And lovelier was than ever :
Quo' she, a sodger ance I lo’ed,

Forget him shall I never :
Our humble cot, and hamely fare,

Ye freely shall partake it,
That gallant badge, the dear cockade,

Ye're welcome for the sake o't.

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She gaz'd-she redden'd like a rose

Syne pale like ony lily ;
She sank within my arms, and cried,

Art thou my ain dear Willie ?
By him who made yon sun and sky-

By whom true love's regarded,
I am the man; and thus may still

True lovers be rewarded.

The wars are o’er, and I'm come hame,

And find thee still true-hearted; Tho' poor in gear, we're rich in love,

And mair we’se ne'er be parted.

Quo' she, my grandsire left me gowd,

A mailin plenish'd fairly ;
And come, my faithful sodger lad,

Thou’rt welcome to it dearly!

For gold the merchant ploughs the main,

The farmer ploughs the manor ; But glory is the dger's prize;

The sodger's wealth is honour ; The brave poor sodger ne'er despise,

Nor count him as a stranger, Remember he's his country's stay

In day and hour of danger.


Air, “O bonnie lass, will you lie in a Barrack ?'

O KEN ye what Meg o' the Mill has gotten,
An' ken ye what Meg o' the Mill has gotten ?
She has gotteni a coof wi' a claute o'siller,
And broken the heart o' the barley Miller.

The Miller was strappin, the Miller was ruddy;
A heart like a lord, and a hue like a lady :
The laird was a widdiefu', bleerit knurl ;
She's left the guid fellow and ta’en the churl.

The Miller he hecht her a heart leal and loving :
The Laird did address her wi' matter mair moving,
A fine pacing horse wi' a clear chained bridle,
A whip by her side, and a bonnie side-saddle.


O wae on the siller, it is sae prevailing;
And wae on the love that is fixed on a mailen!
A tocher's nae word in a true lover's parle,
But, gie me my love, and a fig for the warl !


Tane, 'Liggeram Cosh.'

BLIThE hae I been on yon hill,

As the lambs before me;
Careless ilka thought and free,

As the breeze flew o'er me :
Now nae longer sport and play,

Mirth or sang can please me;
Lesley is sae fair and coy,

Care and anguish seize me.
Heavy, heavy is the task,

Hopeless love declaring :
Trembling, I dow nocht but glow'r,

Sighing, dumb, despairing!
If she winna ease the thraws,

In my bosom swelling;
Underneath the grass-green sod,

Soon maun be my dwelling.


Tune, 'Logan Water.'

O LOGAN, sweetly didst thou glide,
That day I was my Willie's bride ;

And years sinsyne has o'er us run,
Like Logan to the simmer sun.
But now thy flow'ry banks appear
Like drumlie winter, dark and drear,
While my dear lad maun face his faes,
Far, far frae me and Logan braes.

Again the merry month o' May,
Has made our hills and valleys gay ;
The birds rejoice in leafy bowers,
The bees hum round the breathing flowers :
Blithe, morning lifts his rosy eye,
And evening's tears are tears of joy :
My soul, delightless, a' surveys,
While Willie's far frae Logan braes.

Within yon milk-white hawthorn bush,
Amang her nestlings sits the thrush ;
Her faithfu' mate will share her toil,
Or wi' his song her cares beguile :
But I wi' my sweet nurslings here,
Nae mate to help, nae mate to cheer,
Pass widow'd nights and joyless days,
While Willie's far frae Logan braes.

O wae upon you, men o'state,
That brethren rouse to deadly hate!
As ye make mony a fond heart mourn,
Sae may it on your heads return !
How can your flinty hearts enjoy,
The widow's tears, the orphan's cry?
But soon may peace bring happy days,
And Willie hame to Logan braes !

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