Five popular songs (1)/The Laird's Courtship

Five popular songs (1)  (between 1815 and 1825) 
The Laird's Courtship


The Laird o‘ Cockpen he‘s proud an‘ he‘s
His mind is ta‘en up wi‘ matters o‘ state.
He wanted a wife his braw house to keep;
But favour wi‘ wooin‘ was fashious to seek.

Doun by the dyke-side a lady did dwell,
At his table-head he thought she‘d look well:
M‘Clish‘s ae dochter o‘ Claversha‘ Lee,
A penny less lass, wi‘ a lang pedigree.

His wig was well-pouther‘d, as guid as when
His waiscoat was white, his coat it was blue,
He put on a ring a sword and cock‘d hat;
And wha could refuse the Laird wi‘ a‘ that!

He took the grey mare and rade cannily;
An' rapp'd at the yett o' Ciaversha' Lee;
"Gae, tell mistress Jean to come speedily ben,
She's wanted to speak wi' the Laird o'Cockpen.

Mistress Jean was makin' the elder-flower
An' what brings the Laird at sic a like time,'
She pat aff her apron, an' on her siik gown,
Her mutch wi' red ribbons, an' gaed awa'

An' when he came ben she boned fu' low;
An' what was his errand he soon let her know;
Amaz'd was the Laird, when the Lady said
An' wi' a laigh court'sy she turned awa'.

Dumfunder‘d he was—but nae sigh did he gi‘e
He mounted his mare, and rade cannily;

An' aften he thocht, as he gaed through the
She's daft to refuse the Laird o' Cockpen.

Near to the house amang the lang trees,
There he did meet sweet Jeanie Greenlees;
She sits at his table like a white tappet hen—
Thus ended the courtships o' th' Laird o'


This work was published before January 1, 1928, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.