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Jim Dixon Lyr Add: The Maid of Llanwellyn (Joanna Baillie) (10) Lyr Add: I'VE NO SHEEP ON THE MOUNTAINS (J Baillie 08 Jul 20

The original has 2 more verses than those included at the Volkslieder site.

From The Harp of Renfrewshire; a Collection of Songs and Other Poetical Pieces Many of Which are Original (Glasgow: William Turnbull, 1820), page 70:

Joanna Baillie*

I've no sheep on the mountains, nor boat on the lake,
Nor coin in my coffer to keep me awake;
No corn in my garner, nor fruit on my tree,
Yet the maid of Llanwellyn smiles sweetly on me.

Softly tapping, at eve, to her window I came,
And loud bay'd the watch-dog, loud scolded the dame,
For shame, silly Light-foot, what is it to thee,
Tho' the maid of Llanwellyn smiles sweetly on me.

Rich Owen will tell you, with eyes full of scorn,
Threadbare is my coat and my hosen are torn;
Scoff on, my rich Owen, for faint is thy glee,
When the maid of Llanwellyn smiles sweetly on me.

The farmer rides proudly to market and fair,
And the clerk, at the ale-house, still claims the great chair,
But of all our proud fellows the proudest I'll be,
While the maid of Llanwellyn smiles sweetly on me.

For blythe as the urchin at holiday play,
And meek as a matron in mantle of gray,
And trim as the lady of noblest degree,
Is the maid of Llanwellyn who smiles upon me.

* The author's name is not printed on the same page as the poem, but it is printed in the index, page 447.

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