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CAN YE LABOUR LEA, YOUNG MAN?

Tune"Sir Arch. Grant's Strathspey."

An old song, of which there are many versions. The title appears to have been a favourite with the old rhymers.

 
O can ye labour lea, young man?
 O can ye labour lea?
Gae back the road ye came again,
 Ye ne'er shall scorn me.


I fee'd a man at Martinmas,
 Wi' arle pennies three,
But a' the faut I had to him,
 He couldna labour lea.

O can ye, &c.



A stibble rig is easy ploughed,
 And fallow land is free,
But what a silly coof is he,
 That couldna labour lea.

O can ye, &c.



The bonny bush and benty knowe,
 The ploughman points his sock in,
He sheds the roughness, lays it by.
 And bauldly ploughs his yoking.

O can ye, &c.