The Modiewark

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Melody - "Mowdewort", from Caledonian Country Dances, 1740 Melody - "Mowdiewort", Jig from about 1752
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Robert Burns, from the Merry Muses of Caledonia, 1799

The modiewark has done me ill,
And below my apron has biggit a hill;
I maun consult some learned clark
About this wanton modiewark.
Chorus:
An' O the wanton modiewark,
The weary wanton modiewark;
I maun consult some learned clark
About this wanton modiewark.

2. O first it gat between my taes,
Out o'er my garter niest it gaes;
At length it crap below my sark,
The weary wanton modiewark.
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3. This modiewark, tho' it be blin';
If ance its nose you lat it in,
Then to the hilts, within a crack
It's out o sight, the modiewark.
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4. When Marjorie was made a bride,
An' Willy lay down by her side,
Syne nocht was hard, when a' was dark
But kicking at then modiewark.
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In Merry Muses of Caledonia, the tune is called "O for ane an' twenty Tam", but these melodies are the correct ones.

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