Sandy Seaton's Wooing O Sandy Seaton's gane to woo Down by Kirka'dy Lea, And there he met wi' a puir auld man His guidfaither to be. He led his daughter by the hand, His daughter ben brought he; "O, is not she the fairest lass That's in great Christendye?" "I winna marry wi' ony lad In a' the land o' Fife; I winna leave my mammie yet And I winna be his wife!" He's courted her and brocht her hame His guidwife for to be; He's gi'en her jewels and gi'en her gold, And he's kissed her three times three. ________________________________________________________ Moffat 50 TSNR (1933), 31, with music. Said to be an old Fife singing game; evidently a derivative of the ballad "Kempy Kaye" (Child 33), whose incipit in the Pitcairn MSS. copy (Child I.301, = Sharpe, A Ballad Book , 81; Maidment, Scotish Ballads and Songs , 35) is: Kempy Kaye's a wooing gane, Far, far ayont the sea, And he has met with an auld, auld man, His gudefaythir to be. (st. 8 is practically identical with Moffat's second.) MS
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