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For A' That

Scotland.
Words: attributed to Robbie Burns.
MIDI


    The bonniest lass that ye meet neist
    Gie her a kiss an' a' that
    In spite o' ilka parish priest
    Repentin' stool an' a' that
         For a' that an' a' that
         Their mim-mou'd sangs an' a' that
         In time and place convenient
         They'll do't themselves for a' that.

    Your patriarchs in days o' yore
    Had their handmaids an' a' that
    O' bastard gets some had a score
    An' some had mair than a' that
         For a' that an' a' that
         Your langsyne saunts an' a' that
         Were fonder o' a bonny lass
         Than you or I for a' that.

    King Davie when he waxed auld
    An's bluid ran thin an' a' that
    And found his cods were growing cauld
    Could not refrain for a' that
         For a' that an' a' that
         To keep him warm an' a' that
         The daughters o' Jerusalem
         Were waled for him an' a' that.

    King Solomon, prince o' divines
    Wha proverbs made an' a' that
    Baith mistresses an' concubines
    In hundreds had for a' that
         For a' that an' a' that
         Tho' a preacher wise an' a' that
         The smuttiest sang that e'er was sung
         His Sang o' Sangs is a' that.

    Then still I swear a clever chiel
    Should kiss a lass an' a' that
    Tho' priests consign him to the deil
    As reprobate an' a' that
         For a' that an' a' that
         Their canting stuff an' a' that
         They ken nae mair wha's reprobate
         Than you or I for a' that.


      Glossary for sassenachs:
         mim-mou'd  . . . . . . prim mouthed
         langsyne saunts . . . .olden-time saints
         cods  . . . . . . . . .cods
         waled . . . . . . . . .chosen
         chiel . . . . . . . . .lad