An earthly nurse sits and sings
And aye she sings by lily wean,
And little ken I my bairn's father,
Far less the land where he dwells in
He came ae nicht tae her bed feet,
And a grumbly guest I'm sure was he,
Saying "Here am 1, thy bairn's Father,
Though I am not comely be.
"I am a man upon the land,
I am a silkie in the sea,
And when I'm far and far frae Ian',
My home it is in Sule Skerrie."
And he his taen a purse of gowd,
And he his pit it on her knee,
Saying, " Gie to me my lit tie young son,
And tak' thee up thy nurse's fee.
"Shall come tae pass ae Simmer's day,
When sun shines bright on every stane,
I'll come and fetch my little young son
And teach him how to swim the faem
"And ye shall marry a gunner good,
And a richt fine gunner I'm sure he'll be,
And the very first shot that e'er he shoots,
Will kill baith my young son and me."