Ca’ Hawkie through the watter (William Whittaker)

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  • (Posted 2023-12-20)  CPDL #78388:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-12-20).   Score information: Letter, 12 pages, 629 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Ca’ Hawkie through the watter
Composer: Anonymous (Traditional)
Arranger: William Whittaker
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsongFolksong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1920 Stainer & Bell

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Original text and translations

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Ca’ Hawkie, drive her.
Ca’ Hawkie through the watter,
Hawkie is a sweir beast,
And Hawkie winna wade the watter.

Hawkie is a bonnie coo;
Tho’ she’s loath to wade the watter,
While she waits the work’ll stand, so
Ca’ Hawkie through the watter.

Hawkie is a pretty coo,
All the children do adore her,
For she gives them all the milk,
There is none they prize before her.

Girls be not too nice or coy,
If your sweetheart wants to marry,
Ne’er say nay but quickly comply,
As ’tis hazardous to tarry.

Now, young maids, my counsel take,
Since that it can be no better;
Cast off baith your hose and shoon,
And safely drive her through the watter.