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Broadside ballad entitled 'The Northern Ditty; Or, the Scotchman Outwitted by a Country Lass'
The Northern DITTY;
Or the SCOTCHMAN Outwitted by a Country DAMSEL
COLD and raw the North did blow,
And long'd to hold a parley ;
For Ise take all thy barley.
Wese get a young kid together,
Then where should I find the father ?
If I should be so silly
And lose my true love Billy.
O this would bring me to disgrace,
But if that you will me embrace,
I told her I had married been,
Fourteen years and longer,
And fasten the knot stronger,
But manage my wedlock fairly,
And keep my purse for spouse at home,
For she did leave me fairly,
I lost both the maid and barley.
Some two or three hours after,
This bonny farmer's daughter :
I staid to hold a parley,
When she had sold her barley.
But let us change embraces,
With ribbons, gloves, and laces,
No lady shall have neater ;
For as I am an honest man ;
I ne'er saw a sweeter creature.
And said, My dearest jewel,
I pray thee be not cruel.
To pleasure my fond desire,
But I wish'd I had ne'er come nigh her
If I commit this evil,
I hope you will be civil,
O let me first enjoy these things
Sure thy will shall be obey'd be obey'd,
Said I, my own dear honey;
Full forty pounds in money:
In flourishing apparel.
To her I did deliver,
Out coming to a river,
Such rivers I ne'er saw many;
And left me not one penny:
Then my heart was sung full low,
With grief and care surrounded:
For fear of being drowned :
I am not for your devotion ;
'T will help to enlarge my portion.
I began to stamp and stare,
To see what she had acted;
Like one that was quite distracted.
Good faith I did but lend it;
And vow'd she did not intend it.
Probable date published:
1800- shelfmark: APS.4.84.18