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Broadside ballad entitled 'The Orphan Boy'





I hear the people sing about the Drunkard's raggit
        wean,                                  alane,
As I wander through the streets, quite dejected &
Baith hungry, cauld, and raggit, and nae frien's
        at a' hae I;                               Boy.
And oh! there's few to pity me, a puir wee Orphan
But ance I kent a faither's love, and a mither's ten
        der care,                                  share,
To soothe my wee bit sorrows, and my infant joy to
But noo, beneath the cauld clay, in you kirk-yard
        they lie;                                    Boy.
And noo I wander, quite forlorn, a puir wee Orphan

Wi' scarce a rag upon my back, or shoon upon my
        feet,                                          sleet
Exposed to ilka cauld blast, the hail, the rain, and
And often dreepit to the skin upon some stair I lie;
For oh! there's nane to shelter me a puir wee Orp-
        han Boy.                                  piece,
And often, when I'm hungry, and gangs to seek a
The folk dae tak' me for a thief, and threaten the
        Police,                                    faint am I;
Ithers turn me rudely frae their door while weak &
But oh! I ken I mauna steal, though I'm an Orp-
        han Boy.

And often I've been glad, ither happy weans to see
Playin' in the streets, wi' their hearts a' fu' o' glee
I've quite forgot my sorrows, as I stood to see their
        joy:                               Orphan Boy.
And oh! there's nane o' them like me, a puir wee
O surely they are happy weans, wha hae their par-
        ents' dear                            to cheer:
To find them every comforts, and their little heart
But I'll put my trust in Him abune, wha hears the
        orphan's cry:                         Orphan Boy
He's the only fren' that can protect the puir wee

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Probable period of publication: 1860-1890   shelfmark: L.C.Fol.178.A.2(116)
Broadside ballad entitled 'The Orphan Boy'
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