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Marrow Bones: English Folk Songs from the Hammond and Gardiner Manuscripts


An Old Man Came Courting Me: supplementary material

Scant of Love, Want of Love

The auld man he courted me,
Scant of love, want of love;
The auld man he courted me,
Thoughtless as I am.
And I, for the want of pelf,
Yielded to give myself
To the cauld arms of
The silly auld man.

The auld man did marry me,
Scant of love, want of love;
The auld man did marry me,
Wanton as I am;
The auld man did marry me,
And home did carry me:
Never, never, while you live,
Wed an auld man.

The auld man and I went to bed,
Scant of love, want of love;
The auld man and I went to bed,
Handsome as I am:
The auld man and I went to bed,
But he neither did nor said
What brides expect, when laid
By a gudeman.

The auld man soon fell asleep,
Scant of love, want of love;
The auld man soon fell asleep,
Left me as I am;
The auld man soon fell asleep,
Think you that I would weep?
Na, but I straight did creep
To a young man.

Where I lay all the night,
No scant, no want of love; Where I lay all the night,
Who so happy then?
Where I lay all the night,
In raptures and delight;
So should all young wives treat
Fumbling auld men.

From David Herd, Ancient and Modern Scottish Songs, Heroic Ballads etc, edition of 1869; II, Appendix 'Containing the Pieces Substituted in the 1791 Reprint for those Omitted in the 1776 Edition', 349-350.