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Poem by Robert Burns

Willie Chalmers

Wi braw new branks in mickle pride,
  And eke a braw new brechan,
My Pegasus Im got astride,
  And up Parnassus pechin;
Whiles owre a bush wi downward crush,
  The doited beastie stammers;
Then up he gets, and off he sets
  For sake o Willie Chalmers.

I doubt na, lass, that weel kennd name
  May cost a pair o blushes;
I am nae stranger to your fame
  Nor his warm urged wishes.
Your bonnie face sae mild and sweet,
  His honest heart enamours,
And faith yell no be lost a whit,
  Tho waired on Willie Chalmers.

Auld Truth hersel might swear yere fair,
  Aud Honour safely back her,
And Modesty assume your air,
  And neer a ane mistak her:
And sic twa love-inspiring een
  Might fire even holy palmers;
Nae wonder then theyve fatal been
  To honest Willie Chalmers.

I doubt na fortune may you shore
  Some mim-moud poutherd priestie,
Fu lifted up wi Hebrew lore,
  And band upon his breastie:
But oh! what signifies to you,
  His lexicons and grammars;
The feeling hearts the royal blue,
  And thats wi Willie Chalmers.

Some gapin glowrin country laird
  May warsle for your favour;
May claw his lug, and straik his beard,
  And host up some palaver.
My bonnie maid, before ye wed
  Sic clumsy-witted hammers,
Seek Heaven for help, and barefit skelp
  Awa wi Willie Chalmers.

Forgive the Bard! my fond regard
  For ane that shares my bosom
Inspires my muse to gie m his dues,
  For deil a hair I roose him.
May powers aboon unite you soon,
  And fructify your amours,
And every year come in mair dear
  To you and Willie Chalmers.

Robert Burns

Robert Burns's other poems:
  1. Epitaph on Wee Johnny
  2. The Cairds Second Song
  3. The Sailors Song
  4. Prologue, Spoken at the Theatre, Dumfries, on New Years Day Evening [1790]
  5. To Dr. Maxwell, on Miss Jessy Staigs Recovery

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