Гектор Макнилл (Hector Macneill)
Текст оригинала на английском языке
Mally Aiken, An Old Song Revived
'O Listen! listen and I'll tell ye How this fair maid's play'd her part :-- First she vow'd and promis'd to me, Now she strives to break my heart!' Eirin O! Mally Aiken, Eirin O s'dhu me roon. I coft you silken garters, Mally, And sleeve-knots for your tartan gown; I coft you a green necklace, Mally, To busk you whan you gade to town: You gae me kisses sweet as hinny! You gae me words mair sweet than true; You swore you loo'd me best o' ony; --- Ah! why than Mally break your vow! Eirin O! Mally Aiken, Eirin O s'dhu ma roon. Yon auld man came wi' wyles sae bonie, He bragg'd o' land and walth o' gear; He promis'd braws mair fine than Johnie To busk ye for the kick and fair; He gae up tocher to your daddy;-- Your mither sigh'd and thought o' me; But Mally wish'd to be a lady, And chang'd true luve for -- high degree! Eirin O! Mally Aiken, Eirin O s'dhu ma roon. He's ta'en you hame; he's made you gawdie, He's busked you for the kirk and fair; But you had better ta'en your laddie, For happiness you'll ne'er see mair! You may gang to kirk and fair, my Mally; Your face and braws catch ilka ee,-- But happiness you'll ne'er see, Mally, For breaking o' your vows to me! Eirin O! Mally Aiken, Eirin O s'dhu ma roon.
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