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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed. The Book of Georgian Verse. 1909.

Roy’s Wife

Mrs. Elizabeth Grant of Carron (1745?–1814?)

ROY’S wife of Aldivalloch!

Roy’s wife of Aldivalloch!—

Wat ye how she cheated me

As I cam’ o’er the braes o’ Balloch.

She vowed, she swore, she wad be mine,

She said she lo’ed me best of ony;

But ah! the fickle, faithless quean,

She’s ta’en the carle, and left her Johnnie.

O, she was a canty quean,

Weel could she dance the Highland walloch;

How happy I, had she been mine,

Or I been Roy of Aldivalloch!

Her hair sae fair, her e’en sae clear,

Her wee bit mou’ sae sweet and bonnie;

To me she ever will be dear,

Though she’s for ever left her Johnnie.