Left: Carolina Oliphant (Lady Nairne), 1766-1845; right: ca.1776
There's high and low, there's rich and poor,|
There's trades and crafts eneuch, man;
But east and west his trade's the best,
That kens to guide the pleugh, man.
Then come, weel speed my pleughman lad,
And hey my merry pleughman;
Of a' the trades that I do ken,
Commend me to the pleughman.
2. His dreams are sweet upon his bed,
3. The lark sae sweet, that starts to meet
4. All fresh and gay, at dawn of day,
The ploughman he's a bonny lad|
And does his work at leisure
And aye when he comes home at e'en
He kisses me with pleasure.
Then up wi't now my ploughman lad
Up wi't all my ploughman
Of all the lads that I do ken
Commend me to the ploughman.
2. The ploughman he comes home at e'en
3. The ploughman he goes to his bed
4. He has three oxen in his plough
5. Now the blooming spring's come on
6. I will wash my ploughman's hose
7. Merry but and merry ben
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