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Broadside ballad entitled 'Bonny Jean of Aberdeen'
An Exellent \ill\ \ill\d. bonny
MY Bonny Jean long have I been,
when first thy Bonny Face I saw,
A Kiss or two if I should give,
I know not how it might be taen,
First you must seek and I say nay,
you know a Womans modestie,
Come slid your Hand about my Neck,
when I cry cease let me not be.
What would I give I tell the Truth,
For all the pleasures of this Earth.
Thy Cheery Cheeks thy Coal Black Hair,
a briker Lass was never seen, \ill\,
in Edinburgh or Aberdeen.
such charming Eyes were never seen,
thy like is not in Aberdeen,
Thy Beauty fair doth me ensnare,
Since I have House and Lands enough,
If you should take your Word and rue,
If you have Lands at your Command, e,
I think then for the Priest well send,
Bonny Jean where have ye been,
and thy Minnie seeking thee,
My Minny send me to the Wall
the Night was Dark I could not see,
Bonny Jean thou goes wi' Bairn,
For she lay never a Night with me,
But if he be Cuning I'll be Crafty,
If he were the Bonniest Lad in all the town
Probable date published:
1750- shelfmark: APS.4.94.25