O Wiltu Wiltu Do't Again

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O WILTU, WILTU DO'T AGAIN! Scottish, Song Air. The song was one of two attributed to the old Scots fiddler Patie Birnie (d. 1721) of Kinghorn by Allan Ramsay in the mid-18th century, although it has apparently been lost to the ages. Ramsay mentions it in his elegy to the fidderm entitled "The Life and Acts of, or an Eliegy on Patie Birnie":

Your honour's father dead a gane,
For him he first wad make his mane,
But soon his face could make ye fain
When he dis sough,
O wiltu, wiltu do't again!'
And graned and leugh.

This sang he made frae his ain head,
And eke 'The auld man's mare she's dead,
Though poets and turnes and a's to lead
Oh fy upon her!
A bonny auld thing this indeed,
An't like yer houour.

Birnie was a noted character in his district, known for his talent, wit and humor as well for his bushy beard, which at the time was unusual. "He was uniformly the life and soul of every kirn and wedding that took place for years in and around Kinghorn, Fifeshire, during the early part of the 18th century.

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