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    There Was A Lass

    by Robert Burns
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    Tune--"_Duncan Davison._"

    [There are several other versions of Duncan Davison, which it is more
    delicate to allude to than to quote: this one is in the Museum.]

    I.

    There was a lass, they ca'd her Meg,
    And she held o'er the moors to spin;
    There was a lad that follow'd her,
    They ca'd him Duncan Davison.
    The moor was driegh, and Meg was skiegh,
    Her favour Duncan could na win;
    For wi' the roke she wad him knock.
    And ay she shook the temper-pin.

    II.

    As o'er the moor they lightly foor,
    A burn was clear, a glen was green,
    Upon the banks they eas'd-their shanks,
    And ay she set the wheel between:
    But Duncan swore a haly aith,
    That Meg should be a bride the morn,
    Then Meg took up her spinnin' graith,
    And flang them a' out o'er the burn.

    III.

    We'll big a house,--a wee, wee house,
    And we will live like king and queen,
    Sae blythe and merry we will be
    When ye set by the wheel at e'en.
    A man may drink and no be drunk;
    A man may fight and no be slain;
    A man may kiss a bonnie lass,
    And ay be welcome back again.
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