Robert Burns




What Can a Young Lassie

I.
What can a young lassie, 
what shall a young lassie, 
What can a young lassie 
   do wi' an auld man? 
Bad luck on the penny 
that tempted my minnie 
To sell her puir Jenny 
for siller an' lan'. 

II.
He's always compleenin' frae 
mornin' to e'enin', 
He hoasts and he hirples 
the weary day lang; 
He's doylt and he's dozin, 
his blude it is frozen, - 
O, dreary's the night 
   wi' a crazy auld man! 

III.
He hums and he hankers, 
he frets and he cankers, 
I never can please him 
   do a' that I can; 
He's peevish an' jealous 
o' a' the young fellows, - 
O, dool on the day 
   I met wi' an auld man! 

IV.
My auld auntie Katie 
upon me taks pity, 
I'll do my endeavour 
   to follow her plan; 
I'll cross him an' wrack him, 
until I heartbreak him 
And then his auld brass 
   will buy me a new pan.