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By James L. Gilbert

Boston : Published by White, Smith & Co., Washington St.

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A high-land laddie there lived o’er the way,
A laddie both noble and gallant and gay,
Who loved a lassie as noble as he,
A lassie bonnie sweet lassie , the maid o’Dundee,
This lassie had lands,
But the laddie had nane,
And yet to her it was all the same,
For dearly she loved him and she said she know,
This laddie, dear laddie was gude and true.

E’er years or even months had fled,
This laddie and lassie were happily wed;
Nae better wifey E’er lived on the lea,
Than “Bonnie sweet Bessie, the Maid o’Dundee”,
A happier hame nae mon ever had
Than this which held twa hearts sae glad,
And ne’er did Bessie have cause to rue,
Her wedding this laddie,
Sae gude and true.

But sorrow came to her heart one day,
And her dear darlin’ was taken away,
Then oh how sad and lone was she,
Poor “Bonnie sweet Bessie the maid o’Dundee:
And when in the ground her darlin’ they laid,
Her heart then broke
And she fervently prayed,
“Oh God in heaven let me o too”
And be wi’ my laddie,
Sae gudeand true



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