Sawney is a bonny lad (Henry Purcell)
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Title: Sawney is a bonny lad
Composer: Henry Purcell
First published: 1694
Description: A new Scotch song, sung at the consort in York Buildings, at the entertainment of the Prince of Baden.
Original text and translations
Sawney is a bonny lad,
But Sawney kens it well;
And Sawney might a boon have had,
But Sawney loves to tell:
He weens that I mun love him soon,
Gin lovers now are rare;
But I'd as leif have none, as one
Whom twenty, twenty share.
When anent your love you come,
Ah! Sawney, were you true;
What tho' I seem to frown and gloom,
I ne'er cou'd gang from you:
Yet still my tongue, do what I can,
With mickle woe denies;
Wa's me, when once we like a man,
It boots not to be wise.