The History of Leith

August 30, 2006

The Edinburgh Convicts’ and ‘Farewell to Scotland

Come all young men of learning,
A warning take by me,
I’d have you quit night walking,
And shun bad company.
Leave off your cards and play-houses,
Or else you’ll rue day,
You’ll rue your transportation,
When you are sent to Botany Bay.

I was brought up in Edinburgh,
The truth to you I’ll tell,
Brought up by honest parents,
My master loved me well.
Brought up by honest parents,
Who reared me tenderly,
Till I became a roving blade,
Which proves my destiny.
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