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Broadside ballad entitled 'Newhaven Fishwife'
PRICE ONE PENNY.
in the Poet's Box [ ], London Street, Glasgow
AIR-Up in the Morning's no for Me.
Look kind on me, I'm sure you ought,
I'm rather bashfu', 'tis my faut,
At me I see the laddies steal
Sly looks of admiraton ;
But ladies ye alane can feel
My delicate situation.
A place they ca' Newhaven ;
My mither cam' frae Stra'ven.
Left me, their bairn, alane, sirs ;
I've sax bairns o' my ain ,sirs.
I'm a mither noo, ye ken, and lads
Ye'll meet few bairns sae fine, sirs ;
The lassies legs like mine, sirs.
While looking at mysel', sirs ;
My figure extraordinar' weel, sirs.
It's generally a rule, sirs,
Before bairns learn to read and write,
They first maun gang to schule, sirs.
They'll learn to sing, and as they're fat,
I 'll ha'e them taught by greasy (Grisi.)
If I'd grant him a boon, sirs ;
Ye shivering gabbit loon, sirs?"
Says I, " You're in your daffin ;
I couldna do't for laughin'."
Unless ye'd looked ye'd surely say,
"Twas Mr Paganini.
Like Martin aye or ony ;
But Mrs Taglioni.?DANCE.
You've made me awfu' nervoush ;
By makin' this disturbance.
I had a mind no to come back,
Some allowance ye should mak'
For ane o' the fair sex, sirs,
My story was a long ane,
My excuse (if not ) 's a strong ane.
The truth I boldly tell , sirs.
Just gr'e some folk a wee bit inch,
They 're sure to tak' an ell , sirs.
Kind ladies a', gude nicht, and tak'
I hope ye'll no forget to mak'
My compliments at hame , sirs.
To Dance again 's no muckle jest
For me on these auld pegs , sirs ;
I dinna care, I'll do my best,
If ye'll no quiz my legs, sirs.
Saturday , June 27, 1874.
Date of publication:
1874 shelfmark: L.C.Fol.70(48a)