The Merry Muses of Caledonia/Here's his Health in Water

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The Merry Muses of Caledonia by Robert Burns
Here's his Health in Water

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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