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And we'll be true to him, if like
Here's to the Queen with loyal mien,
For on her height of power and might,
OLD ELSPETH'S LAMENT.
A lone widow woman was Elspeth,
Her bairns to the graves were a' gane, And there in her lonely bit cothouse,
The puir body leev'd a' her lane; But aye she was eident and thrifty,
Her cow a' her treasure and pride,
No nocht in the world beside,
Wha followed wherever she gaed,
And kent every word that she said.
And memories were linked wi' the creature,
A fond mother canna forget,
It lang was the playmate and pet;
Had shook a' the leaves frae the tree
And hapless wee birdies were courin,
Pair Crummie got fast in a snawdrift,
And thus Elspeth sighed and sorrowed,
"Alas! hae I lost my companion,
I hardly can think it is true,
And oh, I'll be desolate noo,
Were a' ane by ane taen awa;
But noo I'll hae nae ane ava;
Yet ye had mair thocht in your face,
Than some wha belong to our race.
"And noo since ye're gane, my poor Crummie, Wha kens or cares ocht about me,
A puir silly, helpless auld woman,
O what is this wearisome world,
When a' the beloved anes are gane, And why should a feckless auld woman,
Be left broken-hearted her lane; I'm like yon old tree in the hollow,
Whase sprouts are a' withered awa, And naked it stands to the tempest,
And lang ere the simmer maun fa'.
"I scarce kent that I was a widow,
While ilk little bairn was my pride, But noo they're a' gane to their father,
And a' sleepin' soun by his side; And aft through the watches o' midnight,
Ere sleep has crept owre mine e'e, He comes wi' his looks o' affection,
And leads ilka bairn to my knee;
I ken that my sorrow is vain,
Till we're a' reunited again.
"Then farewell my faithfu' auld Crummie, And oh it is part o' my pain,
To ken that we've parted forever,
And ne'er can meet ither again, Wait only for me my puir Crummie,
Was sent as a comforter here; Might there no be some green spot or ither,
Whaur she may again reappear. Ah no, the fond wish o' my bosom,
I ken is but foolish and vain, For oh we hae parted forever,
And ne'er can meet ither again."