O waly, waly up the bank!
And waly, waly, down the brae!
And waly, waly yon burn-side,
Where I and my love wont to gae!
I lean'd my back unto an aik,
I thought it was a trusty tree ;
But first it bow'd, and syne it brak,
Sae my true love did lightly me.
O waly, waly! but love be bonny
A little time, while it is new ;
But when 'tis auld, it waxeth cauld,
And fades away like morning dew.
O wherefore shou'd I busk my head?
Or wherefore shou'd I kame my hair?
For my true-love has me forsook,
And says he'll never love me mair.
Now Arthur-Seat shall be my bed,
The sheets shall neer be fyl'd by me ;
Saint Anton's well shall be my drink,
Since my true-love has forsaken me.
Martinmas wind, when wilt thou blaw,
And shake the green leaves off the tree?
O gentle death, when wilt thou come?
For of my life I am weary.
'Tis not the frost that freezes fell,
Nor blawing snaw's inclemency ;
'Tis not sic cauld that makes me cry,
But my love's heart grown cauld to me.
When we came in by
We were a comely sight to see ;
My love was clad in the black velvet,
And I my sell in cramasie.
But had I wist, before I kiss'd,
That love had been sae ill to win,
I'd locked my heart in a case of gold,
And pin'd it with a silver pin.
Oh, oh, if my young babes were born,
And set upon the nurse's knee,
And I my sell were dead and gane!
For a maid again I'll never be.