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Poem by Robert Burns

The Collier Laddie

O WHARE live ye my bonnie lass,
  And tell me how they ca ye?
My name, she says, is Mistress Jean,
  And I follow my Collier laddie.

O see ye not yon hills and dales
  The sun shines on sae brawly:
They a are mine, and they shall be thine,
  If yell leave your Collier laddie.

And ye shall gang in rich attire,
  Weel buskit up fu gaudy;
And ane to wait at every hand,
  If yell leave your Collier laddie.

Tho ye had a the sun shines on,
  And the earth conceals sae lowly;
I would turn my back on you and it a,
  And embrace my Collier laddie.

I can win my five pennies in a day,
  And spend it at night full brawlie;
I can mak my bed in the Colliers neuk,
  And lie down wi my Collier laddie.

Love for love is the bargain for me,
  Tho the wee cot-house should haud me;
And the warld before me to win my bread,
  And fare fa my Collier laddie!

                      Robert Burns

Robert Burns's other poems:
  1. Tam Samsons Elegy
  2. Could Aught of Song
  3. O Whare Bid Ye Get
  4. Prayer For Mary
  5. Jockeys Taen the Parting Kiss

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