Mally Leigh cam doon the street
Her capuchin did flee
She cast a look behind her back
To see her negligee
And we're aa gaun east and west
We're aa gaun aye ajee,
We're aa gaun east and west
A-coortin Mally Leigh.
doon alang the Canongate
Were beaux o ilk degree
And mony a ane turned roon aboot
The comely sicht tae see.
The lass gaed thro the palace haa
And nane sae braw as she
A prince speired leave tae dance wi her
And earlier twa or three.
But Heilan Brodie fleered them aa
Wi prood and glancin ee
He's won for aye the heart an hand
0 bonnie Mally Leigh.
Footnote: It seems that in the period following the Union Of 1707,
signed without the consent of the Scottish people, by the landed gentry
who supposedly represented their interests and who alone had the right
to vote, there was a strong popular upsurge of poetry, song and
literature. The Northern Muse asserted its identity with a vengeance in
songs such as Mally Leigh. Although considered a traditional song
it may have been penned by Edinburgh makar Robert Fergusson.