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Wayfarer
Sunday, April 30th, 2006, 03:16 PM
A number of variants of this poem exists most of which was found in a collection by Thomas Mansfield in 1770/1780.


COMIN' THRO' THE RYE

Gin a body meet a body
Comin' thro' the rye
Gin a body kiss a body
Need a body cry?
Ilka lassie has her laddie
Nane, they say, hae I.
Yet a' the lads they smile at me
When comin' thro' the rye.

Gin a body meet a body
Comin' frae the toon
Gin a body kiss a body
Need a body froon?
Ilka lassie has her laddie
Nane, they say, hae I
Yet a' the lads they smile at me
When comin' thro' the rye.

'Mang the train there is a swain
I dearly lo'e myself
But what his name or whaur his hame
I dinna care to tell
Ilka lassie has her laddie
Nane, they say, hae I
Yet a' the lads they smile at me
When comin' thro' the rye.





a body : someone
dinna : does not
froon : frown
gin : if
hame : home
ilka : each, every
laddie : boy, fella, boyfriend
lassie : girl, girlfriend
lo'e : love
'mang : among
nane : none
swaine : young man, youth
toon : town
train : line (of people)
whaur : where

Wayfarer
Sunday, April 30th, 2006, 03:20 PM
Rabbie Burns' version in song

Comin Thro' The Rye.

O Jenny's a' weet, poor body,
Jenny's seldom dry:
She draigl't a' her petticoatie,
Comin thro' the rye!

Comin thro' the rye, poor body,
Comin thro' the rye,
She draigl't a' her petticoatie,
Comin thro' the rye!

Gin a body meet a body
Comin thro' the rye,
Gin a body kiss a body,
Need a body cry?

Gin a body meet a body
Comin thro' the glen,
Gin a body kiss a body,
Need the warld ken?

Gin a body meet a body
Comin thro' the grain,
Gin a body kiss a body,
The thing's a body's ain.