Early and Fairly Early and fairly the moon shines above, A' the lads in our town are dying for love, Especially [Jamie Anderson], for he's the youngest man, He courts [Helen Simpson] as fast as he can. He kisses her, he claps her, he ca's her his dear; And they're to be married before the next year. Oh! oh! [Helen], don't you be cross, For you're to be married on a white horse. [Helen Simpson] lies sick, Guess ye what'll mend her? Twenty kisses in a clout, Which [Jamie Anderson] sends her. Half an ounce o' green tea, A pennyworth of pepper, Take ye that, my bonny dear, And I hope you'll soon be better. ________________________________________________________ Chambers PRS (1847), 273; (1870), 137, "A Courtship Dance". On 9-12, cf. "Cockie-bendie had a wife". MS
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