The Ploughman


The ploughman he's a bonny lad
And does his work at leisure
And aye when he comes home at e'en
He kisses me with pleasure.

Then up wi't now my ploughman lad
Up wi't all my ploughman
Of all the lads that I do ken
Commend me to the ploughman.

The ploughman he comes home at e'en
He comes both wet and weary
Cast off the wet put on the dry
And come to bed my deary.

Then up wi't now my ploughman lad
Up wi't all my ploughman
Of all the lads that I do ken
Commend me to the ploughman.

The ploughman he goes to his bed
And thinks to get the ease o't
But he must yoke the stots again
And brisk about the braes o't.

Then up wi't now my ploughman lad
Up wi't all my ploughman
Of all the lads that I do ken
Commend me to the ploughman.

He has three oxen in his plough
And two of them are blind jo
The seeing one he goes before
The other two behind jo.

Then up wi't now my ploughman lad
Up wi't all my ploughman
Of all the lads that I do ken
Commend me to the ploughman.

Now the blooming spring's come on
He takes his yoking early
And whistling o'er the furrowed land
He goes to fallow cheerly.

Then up wi't now my ploughman lad
Up wi't all my ploughman
Of all the lads that I do ken
Commend me to the ploughman.

I will wash my ploughman's hose
And I will wash his o'erlay
And I will make my ploughman's bed
And cheer him late and early.

Then up wi't now my ploughman lad
Up wi't all my ploughman
Of all the lads that I do ken
Commend me to the ploughman.

Merry but and merry ben
Merry is my ploughman
Of all the trades that I do ken
Commend me to the ploughman.

Then up wi't now my ploughman lad
Up wi't all my ploughman
Of all the lads that I do ken
Commend me to the ploughman.

Midi sequenced by Terry Stephens
Used with permission

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