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The New Zealand Survey

Geordie’s Return

page break“New Zealand Survey”: Page 134.

Geordie’s Return.

Tune.—Miss Forbes’ Farewell to Banff.

Come, Beldame, hae ye heard the news?
Fling bye your patchin’ duds o’ claes,
Bestir thee noo an’ rede the house,
Then deck thee as in bridal days;
Nae time is this for sic like toils,
Nor wi’ rheumatics stiff tae grane,
But brighten up your ancient smiles,
Tae welcome Geordie back again!

Ye ken langsyne, how Geordie toil’d
Taemak’ us hearty, ane an’ a’ ,
And how we thought our fortunes foil’d,
Whan he was forced tae gang awa;
Though time will aye its changes bring,
Yet steadfast let leal hearts remain,
An’owerauld favours let us sing,
Tae welcome Geordie back again!

Colony; Society; ProsperityThe folk langsynewha grieved him sair,
An’ did him wi’ their banters bang,
Are busy noo, wi’ great prepare,
Tae meet him foremost in the thrang;
For noo it is they ken his worth
An’nootaemak’ amends they’re fain;
So see how they’d stir heav’n an’ earth,
Tae welcome Geordie back again!

Though noo, guidwife. we hae grown auld,
Let’s no be hindmost in the shine,
Nor treat him as wi’ puirtith cauld,
Forgetfu’o’ his deeds langsyne,
But we shall pledge him freenship’s cup
And join the dance like yonkers fain,
Nor cease till a new day break up,
Taeshaw him welcome back again!