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Broadside ballad entitled 'Oor Maggie's got a Bairn'
OOR, MAGGIE'S GOT
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While taking a crack ower a guid social drap
In a public-house near by to the station
And other important things o' the nation;
Sic a rage at me be good swearing,
For your Maggie she's getting a bain.
Cheery's the life when you've got a guid wife,
Your sorrows when and joys to sharen,'
I'm sae happy within, I could loup oot my skin,
Noo, I didna tak' time, to bid them guid night,
But I took to my heels and gead spinin',
No lookin' tae whaure I was rinnin',
Beside rowin' amang a lot o' cow's sharn,
The nicht oor Meg got a bairn.
When I got to the door I saw drink in glore,
On the table a cheese?the best gowie?
Jock, ye'd better rin aff and fetch the howdie,
Ye'd better rin aff and fetch Mrs M'Lairen,
She's best in the town, tae a woman that's doon,
And ye'll soe a unco fat bair.
Noo, I was quite boosed, and my mind was confused,
I put my han'in my pouch for tae feel for a bawbee,
Heads or tails for a laddie or lassie.
Which was which, an' I wisna' muckle cairin'.
Onything in the shape o' a bairn.
I sune seat the howdie when I faund her out,
The wife thocht me clean oot o' my senses,
Cryin' oot wife?I'll pay a. expenses,
She's as fat as five boundles o' yarin,
On the nicht oor Meg got a bairn,
Probable period of publication:
1880-1900 shelfmark: L.C.Fol.70(28a)