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I MAUN HAE A WIFE

                                                                 Traditional
 
                                                I maun hae a wife, whatso'er she be,
                                                An' she be a woman, that's enough for me.
 
                                                Chorus :
                                                Buy broom besoms! Wha will buy them noo?
                                                Fine heather ringers, better never grew.
 
                                                If that she be bonny, I shall think her right,
                                                If that she be ugly, where the odds at night?
 
                                                O, an' she be young, how happy shall I be,
                                                If that she be auld, the sooner she will dee.
 
                                                If that she be fruitfu', O what joy is there!
                                                If she should be barren, less will be my care.
 
                                                If she like a drappie, she and I'll agree,
                                                If she dinna like it, there's the mair for me.
 
                                                Be she green or grey, be she black or fair,
                                                Let her be a woman, I shall seek nae mair.
 
 
Footnote : One of the many songs, according to Ewan McColl, collected by Robert Burns.An entertaining ditty on the course of true love!

 


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