There was an honest farmer that had kept up a sore struggle, my own very heart was wae for him when I put his bill in the packet.
But, wae's me, what did she see as she went to the castle door to welcome them?
He fell in a rain of tears, fearing nor death nor hardship, I knew, but wae at the abandonment of his home.
I am speaking for your red cheeks, my dear, believe me; I'm wae to see you like that.
O mickle yeuks the keckle doup,An' a' unsicker girns the graith, For wae and wae!
I was often wae for him, puir man, an' I did a' I could for him in my ain sma' wey.
I'm wae to tak' sae auld a man as Master Lambert to wet mosses, but there's nothing else to be dune.
Weariful and wae, how thankfully would I have rested beside him for ever; but then there was the bairn to claim my care.
Mony a heart was wae for him at the time, but the story has blawn by now; few folk think of it.
He's maybe the best specimen of the natural man that I ken o'; but wae's me, that's no' sufficient.