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The Bonny Wee Window Now there was a young lass and her name it was Nell In a snug little cot wi' her granny did dwell Now the hoose was bit wee and the window was less It had but four lozens and yin wanted gless cho: 'Twas a bonny wee window, the handsome wee window The bonniest wee window that ever I saw. Now it happened one night, Granny went to her bed And Johnny, the blithest young lad that Nell had Came ower the hill, his true-love to see In under the window right planted got he At the etc. Now the twa lovers hadna got very much said When Granny cries : Nelly, come unto your bed I'm comin', dear Granny, young Nelly did say So, fare thee well, Johnny, come back the next day To the etc. Now Nelly, dear Nelly, dinna tak it amiss Before I gang away you maun grant me a kiss So to get a bit kiss, Johnny put his heid through For what wouldna love make a fond lover do? At the etc. It's twa kisses got Johnny and sweet were the smacks But for his dear life could he get his heid back He wrugg-ed, he tugg-ed, hc bawled and he bang When Nelly's loud laughter all through the hoose rang At the etc. Granny she heard the noise, jumped oot on the floor And seizin' the poker made away for the door And at poor Johnny's back sic a thump she laid on Another like that would have broke his back-bone At the etc. Johnny, reekin' wi' heat and smartened with pain He wrugg-ed, he tugg-ed with might and wi' main Till the lintels gaed wa' and the window did break But, O, the best half o't stuck fast to his neck 'Twas a etc. From Folksongs of Britain and and Ireland, Kennedy Collected from John Goodfellow, 1954 DT #479 Laws O18 RG apr96
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