She haltet an' leuket aboot her,    Till, seein' a stane pair o' sheers, She drappet the pock frae her shouther.    Tae gi'e our aul' briggie three cheers. 'Tis here I will yoke tae my spinnin,'    'Tis here I'll mak' claith o' my yarn; Come, lassies, an' mak' a beginnin',    There's some o' ye young, but ye'll learn.       Scourin' an' teasin' an' a'.       Cardin' an spinnin' an' a',    An', lads, ye maun dye't like the heather.       Wi' green on't an' red on't an' a'. The lairds will be happet in tartans,    Fu' gaucy, at kirks an' at fairs, The leddies, they'll skip on your carpets,    Spread out on their rooms an' their stairs ; An' aye as a pair o' true lovers    May settle their min's tae be wed, They ca' for a sicht o' yet covers    Tae mak' them a braw cosie bed.       Walin' the figures an' a',       Pricin' an' pavin' an' a',    An' aye ye may wish them a blessin,       Tae mak' a wheen mae o' the twa. Noo here are the men will direct you,    An' pay you your wages at e'en, I'm certain they winna neglect you,    Nor show you an action that's mean. The Wilsons are able an' willin'    Tae dae you a faitherly turn, They'll soon mak' your saxpence a shillin',    Gin ye stay about Bannockburn.       Eiden' an' tenty an' a',       Frien'ly an' furthy an' a',    An' ay I'll be blithe whan I see    In peace an' in plenty an' a'.
THE STANE PAIR O’ SHEERS
The Village of Chryston - North Lanarkshire - Scotland
Chryston
Walter Watson
The Chryston Poet
Air   "   Donald   M'Donald."   [Nearlv   five   hundred   years,   according   to   tradition.   have   passed since   a   bridge   was   built   across   the   water   Bannock   by   a   wealthy   and   independent   tailor who   came   to   the   ferry   in   haste,   and   wished   to   be   rowed   to   the   other   side.   The   ferryman refused,   telling   him   to   wait   till   more   came   forward   as   he   did   not   think   it   worth   while   to take   him   over   alone.   This   nettled   the   knight   of   the   thimble   to   such   a   degree,   that,   to avenge    himself,    he    built,    at    his    own    expense,    a    bridge    across    the    river.    This    was commemorated   by   cutting   out   the   figure   of   a   pair   of   sheers   on   the   key-stone   facing   the stream.]