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Sandy Seaton's Wooing

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 [1823],
     81; Maidment, Scotish Ballads and Songs [1859], 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.)

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