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The Laird o' Elfin The Laird o' Elfin stands on yon hill Ba-ba-ba leelie ba And he blows his trumpet loud and shrill And the wind blaws aye my plaid awa O gin that I'd that horn in my kist And then get wedded wi' him next But afore I do that to thee A weel-sewed sark ye maun sew to me An ye maun sew it needle-thread free And a weel-sewed sark ye maun sew to me. But before I do this to thee I'll gie ye some wark to do to me. I have a little wee acre of lan' That's atween the salt seas and the san' And ye maun ploo't wi' your bugle horn And ye maun saw't wi' Indian corn And ye maun cut it wi' your pen knife And bund it up just as your life. And ye maun thrasht in your shee-sole And ye maun riddle't in younder moose hole. And ye maun winny't in your nieves And ye maun seek it in your gloves. And ye maun stook it on the sea And a dry sheaf ye maun bring to me. Robin Redbreast and the wran They'll bring me my corn hame And when ye have done a' this warl Come to me and ye'll get your sark. Child #2 From Singing Tradition of Child's Popular Ballads, Bronson Collected from Alexander Robb. Aberdeenshire, 1908 RG
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