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Poem by Robert Burns


Country Lassie


IN simmer when the hay was mawn,
  And corn wavd green in ilka field,
While claver blooms white oer the lea;
  And roses blaw in ilka bield;
Blythe Bessie in the milking shiel
  Says Ill be wed, come ot what will;
Out spak a dame in wrinkled eild,
  O guid advisement comes nae ill.

Its ye hae wooers mony ane,
  And, lassie, yere but young ye ken;
Then wait a wee, and cannie wale
  A routhie butt, a routhie ben;
Theres Johnie o the Buskie-glen,
  Fu is his barn, fu is his byre;
Tak this frae me, my bonnie hen,
  Its plenty beets the luvers fire.

For Johnie o the Buskie-glen
  I dinna care a single file;
He loes sae weel his craps and kye,
  He has nae love to spare for me:
But blithes the blink o Robies ee,
  And weal I wat he loes me dear:
Ae blink o him I wad nae gie
  For Buskie-glen and a his gear.

O thoughtless lassie, lifes a faught!
  The canniest gate, the strife is sair;
But aye fu hant is fechtin best,
  A hungry cares an unco care;
But some will spend, and some will spare,
  An wilfu folk maun hae their will;
Syne as ye brew, my maiden fair,
  Keep mind that ye maun drink the yill.

O, gear will buy me rigs o land,
  And gear will buy me sheep and kye;
But the tender heart o leesome love
  The gowd and siller canna buy:
We may be poor-Robie and I,
  Light is the burden love lays on;
Content and love brings peace and joy,-
  What mair hae queens upon a throne?



                      Robert Burns


Robert Burns's other poems:
  1. Scroggam
  2. The First Psalm
  3. Lines Written on a Bank-note
  4. Lines Written at Loudon Manse
  5. To Alex Cunningham, Writer


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