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The Rantin Laddie

No: 240; variant: 240D

  1. ‘AFT hae I played at he cards and the dice, It was a’ for the sake o my laddie, But noo I sit i my father’s kitchie-neuk, Singing ba to a bonnie bastard babbie.
  2. ‘Whar will I get a bonnie boy sae kin As will carry a letter cannie, That will rin on to the gates o the Boyne, Gie the letter to my rantin laddie?’
  3. ‘Here am I, a bonnie boy sae kin, As will carry a letter cannie, That will rin on to the gates o the Boyne, Gie the letter to your rantin laddie.’
  4. ‘When ye come to the gates o the Boyne, An low doon on yon cassie, Ye’ll tak aff your hat an ye’ll mak a low bow, Gie the letter to my rantin laddie.’
  5. ‘When ye come to gates o the Boyne, Ye’ll see lords an nobles monie; But ye’ll ken him among them a’, He’s my bonnie, bonnie rantin laddie.’
  6. ‘Is your bonnie love a laird or a lord, Or is he a cadie, That ye call him so very often by name Your bonnie rantin laddie?’
  7. ‘My love’s neither a laird nor a lord, Nor is he a cadie, But he is yerl o a’ the Boyne, An he is my bonnie rantin laddie.’
  8. When he read a line or two, He smile:d eer sae bonnie; But lang ere he cam to the end The tears cam trinklin monie.
  9. ‘Whar will I find fifty noble lords, An as monie gay ladies,