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Thread #54643   Message #2814530
Posted By: Jim Dixon
17-Jan-10 - 06:22 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Bonnie Hieland Laddy / Highland Laddie
Subject: Lyr Add: LAWLAND LASSIE (from James Hogg, 1871)
The Jacobite Relics of Scotland by James Hogg (Edinburgh: William Blackwood, 1871), page 204:

SONG CVI.
LAWLAND LASSIE.
To the foregoing Air.

HE. The pipers play, the trumpets sound,
  Bonny lassie, Lowland lassie,
And a' the hills a name resound,
  My bonny lassie, Lawland lassie,
That maun every heart invite,
  Bonny lassie, Lawland lassie,
For freedom and our prince to fight,
  My bonny lassie, Lawland lassie.

SHE. In vain you strive to sooth my pain,
  Bonny laddie, Highland laddie,
With that much-lov'd and glorious name,
  My bonny laddie, Highland laddie.
I, too fond maid, gave you a heart,
  Bonny laddie, Highland laddie,
With which you now so freely part,
  My bonny laddie, Highland laddie.

HE. No passion could with me prevail,
  Bonny lassie, Lawland lassie,
When king and country's in the scale,
  My bonny lassie, Lawland lassie.
Yet a conflict in my soul,
  Bonny lassie, Lawland lassie,
Tells me love will not control,
  My bonny lassie, Lawland lassie.

SHE. A high pretext! I'll sooner die,
  Bonny laddie, Highland laddie,
Than see you thus inconstant fly,
  My bonny laddie, Highland laddie,
And leave me to th' insulting crew,
  Bonny laddie, Highland laddie,
Of Whigs to mock for trusting you,
  My bonny laddie, Highland laddie.

HE. Dear Jenny, I my leave maun take,
  Bonny lassie, Lawland lassie,
Yet never will my love forsake,
  My bonny lassie, Lawland lassie.
Then why should my dear lass repine,
  Bonny lassie, Lawland lassie?
For Charles shall reign, and she's be mine,
  My bonny lassie, Lawland lassie.

SHE. My fondness never shall control,
  Bonny laddie, Highland laddie,
The gen'rous ardour of your soul,
  My bonny laddie, Highland laddie.
Then let the sun turn east away,
  Bonny laddie, Highland laddie,
Ere aught your manly courage stay,
  My bonny laddie, Highland laddie.

HE. Your charms, your sense, your noble mind,
  Bonny lassie, Lawland lassie,
Wad make the heart o' savage kind,
  My bonny lassie, Lawland lassie.
For me, my sole delight shall be,
  Bonny lassie, Lawland lassie,
My prince's right, and love of thee,
  My bonny lassie, Lawland lassie.

SHE. Go, for yourself procure renown,
  Bonny laddie, Highland laddie,
And for your lawful king his crown,
  My bonny laddie, Highland laddie
And only then hope you to find,
  Bonny laddie, Highland laddie,
Your Jenny constant to your mind,
  My bonny laddie, Highland laddie.