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HERE'S HIS HEALTH IN WATER.

Tune"The job o' journey wark."

An early production of Burns, on an old model, written, it is supposed, when Jean Armour was "under a cloud." The first verse appears in most editions of Burns's works.

 
Altho' my back be at the wa',
 An' tho' he be the fautor;
Altho' my back be at the wa',
 I'll drink his health in water.
O wae gae by his wanton sides,
 Sae brawly's he could flatter.
Though for his sake I'm slighted sair,
 An' dree the kintra clatter;
But let them say whate'er they like,
 Yet, here's his health in water.

 
He followed me baith out and in,
 Thro' a' the nooks o' Killie;
He followed me baith out and in,
 Wi' a stiff stanin' pillie.
But when he gat atween my legs,
 We made an unco splutter;
An' haith, I trow, I soupled it,
 Tho' bauldly he did blatter;
But now my back is at the wa',
 Yet here's his health in water.



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