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ISOBEL PAGAN

1740-1821

487                                 Ca the Yowes to the Knowes

CA the yowes1 to the knowes,2
Ca them where the heather grows,
Ca them where the burnie rows,3
     My bonnie dearie.
As I gaed down the water side,
There I met my shepherd lad;
He rowd4 me sweetly in his plaid,
     And he cad me his dearie.
Will ye gang down the water side,
And see the waves sae sweetly glide
Beneath the hazels spreading wide?
     The moon it shines fu clearly.
I was bred up at nae sic school,
My shepherd lad, to play the fool,
And a the day to sit in dool,5
     And naebody to see me.
Ye sall get gowns and ribbons meet,
Cauf-leather shoon upon your feet,
And in my arms yese lie and sleep,
     And ye sall be my dearie.
If yell but stand to what yeve said,
Ise gang wi you, my shepherd lad,
And ye may row me in your plaid,
     And I sall be your dearie.
While waters wimple to the sea,
While day blinks in the lift6 sae hie,
Till clay-cauld death sall blin my ee,
     Ye aye sall be my dearie!

1 yowes: ewes.

2 knowes: knolls, little hills.

3 rows: rolls.

4 rowd: rolled, wrapped.

5 dool: dule, sorrow.

6 lift: sky.

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