Robert Burns: Poems


Remorseful Apology

The friend whom, wild from Wisdom's way,

The fumes of wine infuriate send,

(Not moony madness more astray)

Who but deplores that hapless friend?

Mine was th' insensate frenzied part,

Ah! why should I such scenes outlive?

Scenes so abhorrent to my heart!—

'Tis thine to pity and forgive.

Wilt Thou Be My Dearie?

Tune—"The Sutor's Dochter."

Wilt thou be my Dearie?

When Sorrow wring thy gentle heart,

O wilt thou let me cheer thee!

By the treasure of my soul,

That's the love I bear thee:

I swear and vow that only thou

Shall ever be my Dearie!

Only thou, I swear and vow,

Shall ever be my Dearie!

Lassie, say thou lo'es me;

Or, if thou wilt na be my ain,

O say na thou'lt refuse me!

If it winna, canna be,

Thou for thine may choose me,

Let me, lassie, quickly die,

Still trusting that thou lo'es me!

Lassie, let me quickly die,

Still trusting that thou lo'es me!

A Fiddler In The North

Tune—"The King o' France he rade a race."

Amang the trees, where humming bees,

At buds and flowers were hinging, O,

Auld Caledon drew out her drone,

And to her pipe was singing, O:

'Twas Pibroch, Sang, Strathspeys, and Reels,

She dirl'd them aff fu' clearly, O:

When there cam' a yell o' foreign squeels,

That dang her tapsalteerie, O.

Their capon craws an' queer "ha, ha's,"

They made our lugs grow eerie, O;

The hungry bike did scrape and fyke,

Till we were wae and weary, O:

But a royal ghaist, wha ance was cas'd,

A prisoner, aughteen year awa',

He fir'd a Fiddler in the North,

That dang them tapsalteerie, O.

The Minstrel At Lincluden

Tune—"Cumnock Psalms."

As I stood by yon roofless tower,

Where the wa'flow'r scents the dery air,

Where the howlet mourns in her ivy bower,

And tells the midnight moon her care.

Chorus—A lassie all alone, was making her moan,

Lamenting our lads beyond the sea:

In the bluidy wars they fa', and our honour's gane an' a',

And broken-hearted we maun die.

The winds were laid, the air was till,

The stars they shot along the sky;

The tod was howling on the hill,

And the distant-echoing glens reply.

A lassie all alone, &c.

The burn, adown its hazelly path,

Was rushing by the ruin'd wa',

Hasting to join the sweeping Nith,

Whase roarings seem'd to rise and fa'.

A lassie all alone, &c.

The cauld blae North was streaming forth

Her lights, wi' hissing, eerie din,

Athort the lift they start and shift,

Like Fortune's favours, tint as win.

A lassie all alone, &c.

Now, looking over firth and fauld,

Her horn the pale-faced Cynthia rear'd,

When lo! in form of Minstrel auld,

A stern and stalwart ghaist appear'd.

A lassie all alone, &c.

And frae his harp sic strains did flow,

Might rous'd the slumbering Dead to hear;

But oh, it was a tale of woe,

As ever met a Briton's ear!

A lassie all alone, &c.

He sang wi' joy his former day,

He, weeping, wail'd his latter times;

But what he said—it was nae play,

I winna venture't in my rhymes.

A lassie all alone, &c.

A Vision

As I stood by yon roofless tower,

Where the wa'flower scents the dewy air,

Where the howlet mourns in her ivy bower,

And tells the midnight moon her care.

The winds were laid, the air was still,

The stars they shot alang the sky;

The fox was howling on the hill,

And the distant echoing glens reply.

The stream, adown its hazelly path,

Was rushing by the ruin'd wa's,

Hasting to join the sweeping Nith,

Whase distant roaring swells and fa's.

The cauld blae North was streaming forth

Her lights, wi' hissing, eerie din;

Athwart the lift they start and shift,

Like Fortune's favors, tint as win.

By heedless chance I turn'd mine eyes,

And, by the moonbeam, shook to see

A stern and stalwart ghaist arise,

Attir'd as Minstrels wont to be.

Had I a statue been o' stane,

His daring look had daunted me;

And on his bonnet grav'd was plain,

The sacred posy—"Libertie!"

And frae his harp sic strains did flow,

Might rous'd the slumb'ring Dead to hear;

But oh, it was a tale of woe,

As ever met a Briton's ear!

He sang wi' joy his former day,

He, weeping, wailed his latter times;

But what he said—it was nae play,

I winna venture't in my rhymes.

A Red, Red Rose

[Hear Red, Red Rose]

O my Luve's like a red, red rose,

That's newly sprung in June:

O my Luve's like the melodie,

That's sweetly play'd in tune.

As fair art thou, my bonie lass,

So deep in luve am I;

And I will luve thee still, my dear,

Till a' the seas gang dry.

Till a' the seas gang dry, my dear,

And the rocks melt wi' the sun;

And I will luve thee still, my dear,

While the sands o' life shall run.

And fare-thee-weel, my only Luve!

And fare-thee-weel, a while!

And I will come again, my Luve,

Tho' 'twere ten thousand mile!

Young Jamie, Pride Of A' The Plain

Tune—"The Carlin of the Glen."

Young Jamie, pride of a' the plain,

Sae gallant and sae gay a swain,

Thro' a' our lasses he did rove,

And reign'd resistless King of Love.

But now, wi' sighs and starting tears,

He strays amang the woods and breirs;

Or in the glens and rocky caves,

His sad complaining dowie raves:—

"I wha sae late did range and rove,

And chang'd with every moon my love,

I little thought the time was near,

Repentance I should buy sae dear.

"The slighted maids my torments see,

And laugh at a' the pangs I dree;

While she, my cruel, scornful Fair,

Forbids me e'er to see her mair."

The Flowery Banks Of Cree

Here is the glen, and here the bower

All underneath the birchen shade;

The village-bell has told the hour,

O what can stay my lovely maid?

'Tis not Maria's whispering call;

'Tis but the balmy breathing gale,

Mixt with some warbler's dying fall,

The dewy star of eve to hail.

It is Maria's voice I hear;

So calls the woodlark in the grove,

His little, faithful mate to cheer;

At once 'tis music and 'tis love.

And art thou come! and art thou true!

O welcome dear to love and me!

And let us all our vows renew,

Along the flowery banks of Cree.


On a lady famed for her Caprice.

How cold is that bosom which folly once fired,

How pale is that cheek where the rouge lately glisten'd;

How silent that tongue which the echoes oft tired,

How dull is that ear which to flatt'ry so listen'd!

If sorrow and anguish their exit await,

From friendship and dearest affection remov'd;

How doubly severer, Maria, thy fate,

Thou diedst unwept, as thou livedst unlov'd.

Loves, Graces, and Virtues, I call not on you;

So shy, grave, and distant, ye shed not a tear:

But come, all ye offspring of Folly so true,

And flowers let us cull for Maria's cold bier.

We'll search through the garden for each silly flower,

We'll roam thro' the forest for each idle weed;

But chiefly the nettle, so typical, shower,

For none e'er approach'd her but rued the rash deed.

We'll sculpture the marble, we'll measure the lay;

Here Vanity strums on her idiot lyre;

There keen Indignation shall dart on his prey,

Which spurning Contempt shall redeem from his ire.

The Epitaph

Here lies, now a prey to insulting neglect,

What once was a butterfly, gay in life's beam:

Want only of wisdom denied her respect,

Want only of goodness denied her esteem.

Pinned To Mrs. Walter Riddell's Carriage

If you rattle along like your Mistress' tongue,

Your speed will outrival the dart;

But a fly for your load, you'll break down on the road,

If your stuff be as rotten's her heart.

Epitaph For Mr. Walter Riddell

Sic a reptile was Wat, sic a miscreant slave,

That the worms ev'n damn'd him when laid in his grave;

"In his flesh there's a famine," a starved reptile cries,

"And his heart is rank poison!" another replies.

Epistle From Esopus To Maria

From those drear solitudes and frowsy cells,

Where Infamy with sad Repentance dwells;

Where turnkeys make the jealous portal fast,

And deal from iron hands the spare repast;

Where truant 'prentices, yet young in sin,

Blush at the curious stranger peeping in;

Where strumpets, relics of the drunken roar,

Resolve to drink, nay, half, to whore, no more;

Where tiny thieves not destin'd yet to swing,

Beat hemp for others, riper for the string:

From these dire scenes my wretched lines I date,

To tell Maria her Esopus' fate.

"Alas! I feel I am no actor here!"

'Tis real hangmen real scourges bear!

Prepare Maria, for a horrid tale

Will turn thy very rouge to deadly pale;

Will make thy hair, tho' erst from gipsy poll'd,

By barber woven, and by barber sold,

Though twisted smooth with Harry's nicest care,

Like hoary bristles to erect and stare.

The hero of the mimic scene, no more

I start in Hamlet, in Othello roar;

Or, haughty Chieftain, 'mid the din of arms

In Highland Bonnet, woo Malvina's charms;

While sans-culottes stoop up the mountain high,

And steal from me Maria's prying eye.

Blest Highland bonnet! once my proudest dress,

Now prouder still, Maria's temples press;

I see her wave thy towering plumes afar,

And call each coxcomb to the wordy war:

I see her face the first of Ireland's sons,

And even out-Irish his Hibernian bronze;

The crafty Colonel leaves the tartan'd lines,

For other wars, where he a hero shines:

The hopeful youth, in Scottish senate bred,

Who owns a Bushby's heart without the head,

Comes 'mid a string of coxcombs, to display

That veni, vidi, vici, is his way:

The shrinking Bard adown the alley skulks,

And dreads a meeting worse than Woolwich hulks:

Though there, his heresies in Church and State

Might well award him Muir and Palmer's fate:

Still she undaunted reels and rattles on,

And dares the public like a noontide sun.

What scandal called Maria's jaunty stagger

The ricket reeling of a crooked swagger?

Whose spleen (e'en worse than Burns' venom, when

He dips in gall unmix'd his eager pen,

And pours his vengeance in the burning line,)—

Who christen'd thus Maria's lyre-divine

The idiot strum of Vanity bemus'd,

And even the abuse of Poesy abus'd?—

Who called her verse a Parish Workhouse, made

For motley foundling Fancies, stolen or strayed?

A Workhouse! ah, that sound awakes my woes,

And pillows on the thorn my rack'd repose!

In durance vile here must I wake and weep,

And all my frowsy couch in sorrow steep;

That straw where many a rogue has lain of yore,

And vermin'd gipsies litter'd heretofore.

Why, Lonsdale, thus thy wrath on vagrants pour?

Must earth no rascal save thyself endure?

Must thou alone in guilt immortal swell,

And make a vast monopoly of hell?

Thou know'st the Virtues cannot hate thee worse;

The Vices also, must they club their curse?

Or must no tiny sin to others fall,

Because thy guilt's supreme enough for all?

Maria, send me too thy griefs and cares;

In all of thee sure thy Esopus shares.

As thou at all mankind the flag unfurls,

Who on my fair one Satire's vengeance hurls—

Who calls thee, pert, affected, vain coquette,

A wit in folly, and a fool in wit!

Who says that fool alone is not thy due,

And quotes thy treacheries to prove it true!

Our force united on thy foes we'll turn,

And dare the war with all of woman born:

For who can write and speak as thou and I?

My periods that deciphering defy,

And thy still matchless tongue that conquers all reply!

Epitaph On A Noted Coxcomb

Capt. Wm. Roddirk, of Corbiston.

Light lay the earth on Billy's breast,

His chicken heart so tender;

But build a castle on his head,

His scull will prop it under.

On Capt. Lascelles

When Lascelles thought fit from this world to depart,

Some friends warmly thought of embalming his heart;

A bystander whispers—"Pray don't make so much o't,

The subject is poison, no reptile will touch it."

On Wm. Graham, Esq., Of Mossknowe

"Stop thief!" dame Nature call'd to Death,

As Willy drew his latest breath;

How shall I make a fool again?

My choicest model thou hast ta'en.

On John Bushby, Esq., Tinwald Downs

Here lies John Bushby—honest man,

Cheat him, Devil—if you can!

Sonnet On The Death Of Robert Riddell

Of Glenriddell and Friars' Carse.

No more, ye warblers of the wood! no more;

Nor pour your descant grating on my soul;

Thou young-eyed Spring! gay in thy verdant stole,

More welcome were to me grim Winter's wildest roar.

How can ye charm, ye flowers, with all your dyes?

Ye blow upon the sod that wraps my friend!

How can I to the tuneful strain attend?

That strain flows round the untimely tomb where Riddell lies.

Yes, pour, ye warblers! pour the notes of woe,

And soothe the Virtues weeping o'er his bier:

The man of worth—and hath not left his peer!

Is in his "narrow house," for ever darkly low.

Thee, Spring! again with joy shall others greet;

Me, memory of my loss will only meet.

The Lovely Lass O' Inverness

The lovely lass o' Inverness,

Nae joy nor pleasure can she see;

For, e'en to morn she cries, alas!

And aye the saut tear blin's her e'e.

"Drumossie moor, Drumossie day—

A waefu' day it was to me!

For there I lost my father dear,

My father dear, and brethren three.

"Their winding-sheet the bluidy clay,

Their graves are growin' green to see;

And by them lies the dearest lad

That ever blest a woman's e'e!

"Now wae to thee, thou cruel lord,

A bluidy man I trow thou be;

For mony a heart thou has made sair,

That ne'er did wrang to thine or thee!"

Charlie, He's My Darling

'Twas on a Monday morning,

Right early in the year,

That Charlie came to our town,

The young Chevalier.

Chorus—An' Charlie, he's my darling,

My darling, my darling,

Charlie, he's my darling,

The young Chevalier.

As he was walking up the street,

The city for to view,

O there he spied a bonie lass

The window looking through,

An' Charlie, &c.

Sae light's he jumped up the stair,

And tirl'd at the pin;

And wha sae ready as hersel'

To let the laddie in.

An' Charlie, &c.

He set his Jenny on his knee,

All in his Highland dress;

For brawly weel he ken'd the way

To please a bonie lass.

An' Charlie, &c.

It's up yon heathery mountain,

An' down yon scroggie glen,

We daur na gang a milking,

For Charlie and his men,

An' Charlie, &c.

Bannocks O' Bear Meal

Chorus—Bannocks o' bear meal,

Bannocks o' barley,

Here's to the Highlandman's

Bannocks o' barley!

Wha, in a brulyie, will

First cry a parley?

Never the lads wi' the

Bannocks o' barley,

Bannocks o' bear meal, &c.

Wha, in his wae days,

Were loyal to Charlie?

Wha but the lads wi' the

Bannocks o' barley!

Bannocks o' bear meal, &c.

The Highland Balou

Hee balou, my sweet wee Donald,

Picture o' the great Clanronald;

Brawlie kens our wanton Chief

Wha gat my young Highland thief.

Leeze me on thy bonie craigie,

An' thou live, thou'll steal a naigie,

Travel the country thro' and thro',

And bring hame a Carlisle cow.

Thro' the Lawlands, o'er the Border,

Weel, my babie, may thou furder!

Herry the louns o' the laigh Countrie,

Syne to the Highlands hame to me.

The Highland Widow's Lament

Oh I am come to the low Countrie,

Ochon, Ochon, Ochrie!

Without a penny in my purse,

To buy a meal to me.

It was na sae in the Highland hills,

Ochon, Ochon, Ochrie!

Nae woman in the Country wide,

Sae happy was as me.

For then I had a score o'kye,

Ochon, Ochon, Ochrie!

Feeding on you hill sae high,

And giving milk to me.

And there I had three score o'yowes,

Ochon, Ochon, Ochrie!

Skipping on yon bonie knowes,

And casting woo' to me.

I was the happiest of a' the Clan,

Sair, sair, may I repine;

For Donald was the brawest man,

And Donald he was mine.

Till Charlie Stewart cam at last,

Sae far to set us free;

My Donald's arm was wanted then,

For Scotland and for me.

Their waefu' fate what need I tell,

Right to the wrang did yield;

My Donald and his Country fell,

Upon Culloden field.

Oh I am come to the low Countrie,

Ochon, Ochon, Ochrie!

Nae woman in the warld wide,

Sae wretched now as me.

It Was A' For Our Rightfu' King

It was a' for our rightfu' King

We left fair Scotland's strand;

It was a' for our rightfu' King

We e'er saw Irish land, my dear,

We e'er saw Irish land.

Now a' is done that men can do,

And a' is done in vain;

My Love and Native Land fareweel,

For I maun cross the main, my dear,

For I maun cross the main.

He turn'd him right and round about,

Upon the Irish shore;

And gae his bridle reins a shake,

With adieu for evermore, my dear,

And adiue for evermore.

The soger frae the wars returns,

The sailor frae the main;

But I hae parted frae my Love,

Never to meet again, my dear,

Never to meet again.

When day is gane, and night is come,

And a' folk bound to sleep;

I think on him that's far awa,

The lee-lang night, and weep, my dear,

The lee-lang night, and weep.

Ode For General Washington's Birthday

No Spartan tube, no Attic shell,

No lyre Aeolian I awake;

'Tis liberty's bold note I swell,

Thy harp, Columbia, let me take!

See gathering thousands, while I sing,

A broken chain exulting bring,

And dash it in a tyrant's face,

And dare him to his very beard,

And tell him he no more is feared—

No more the despot of Columbia's race!

A tyrant's proudest insults brav'd,

They shout—a People freed! They hail an Empire saved.

Where is man's god-like form?

Where is that brow erect and bold—

That eye that can unmov'd behold

The wildest rage, the loudest storm

That e'er created fury dared to raise?

Avaunt! thou caitiff, servile, base,

That tremblest at a despot's nod,

Yet, crouching under the iron rod,

Canst laud the hand that struck th' insulting blow!

Art thou of man's Imperial line?

Dost boast that countenance divine?

Each skulking feature answers, No!

But come, ye sons of Liberty,

Columbia's offspring, brave as free,

In danger's hour still flaming in the van,

Ye know, and dare maintain, the Royalty of Man!

Alfred! on thy starry throne,

Surrounded by the tuneful choir,

The bards that erst have struck the patriot lyre,

And rous'd the freeborn Briton's soul of fire,

No more thy England own!

Dare injured nations form the great design,

To make detested tyrants bleed?

Thy England execrates the glorious deed!

Beneath her hostile banners waving,

Every pang of honour braving,

England in thunder calls, "The tyrant's cause is mine!"

That hour accurst how did the fiends rejoice

And hell, thro' all her confines, raise the exulting voice,

That hour which saw the generous English name

Linkt with such damned deeds of everlasting shame!

Thee, Caledonia! thy wild heaths among,

Fam'd for the martial deed, the heaven-taught song,

To thee I turn with swimming eyes;

Where is that soul of Freedom fled?

Immingled with the mighty dead,

Beneath that hallow'd turf where Wallace lies

Hear it not, Wallace! in thy bed of death.

Ye babbling winds! in silence sweep,

Disturb not ye the hero's sleep,

Nor give the coward secret breath!

Is this the ancient Caledonian form,

Firm as the rock, resistless as the storm?

Show me that eye which shot immortal hate,

Blasting the despot's proudest bearing;

Show me that arm which, nerv'd with thundering fate,

Crush'd Usurpation's boldest daring!—

Dark-quench'd as yonder sinking star,

No more that glance lightens afar;

That palsied arm no more whirls on the waste of war.

Inscription To Miss Graham Of Fintry

Here, where the Scottish Muse immortal lives,

In sacred strains and tuneful numbers joined,

Accept the gift; though humble he who gives,

Rich is the tribute of the grateful mind.

So may no ruffian-feeling in my breast,

Discordant, jar thy bosom-chords among;

But Peace attune thy gentle soul to rest,

Or Love, ecstatic, wake his seraph song,

Or Pity's notes, in luxury of tears,

As modest Want the tale of woe reveals;

While conscious Virtue all the strains endears,

And heaven-born Piety her sanction seals.

On The Seas And Far Away

Tune—"O'er the hills and far away."

How can my poor heart be glad,

When absent from my sailor lad;

How can I the thought forego—

He's on the seas to meet the foe?

Let me wander, let me rove,

Still my heart is with my love;

Nightly dreams, and thoughts by day,

Are with him that's far away.

Chorus.—On the seas and far away,

On stormy seas and far away;

Nightly dreams and thoughts by day,

Are aye with him that's far away.

When in summer noon I faint,

As weary flocks around me pant,

Haply in this scorching sun,

My sailor's thund'ring at his gun;

Bullets, spare my only joy!

Bullets, spare my darling boy!

Fate, do with me what you may,

Spare but him that's far away,

On the seas and far away,

On stormy seas and far away;

Fate, do with me what you may,

Spare but him that's far away.

At the starless, midnight hour

When Winter rules with boundless power,

As the storms the forests tear,

And thunders rend the howling air,

Listening to the doubling roar,

Surging on the rocky shore,

All I can—I weep and pray

For his weal that's far away,

On the seas and far away,

On stormy seas and far away;

All I can—I weep and pray,

For his weal that's far away.

Peace, thy olive wand extend,

And bid wild War his ravage end,

Man with brother Man to meet,

And as a brother kindly greet;

Then may heav'n with prosperous gales,

Fill my sailor's welcome sails;

To my arms their charge convey,

My dear lad that's far away.

On the seas and far away,

On stormy seas and far away;

To my arms their charge convey,

My dear lad that's far away.

Ca' The Yowes To The Knowes—Second Version

Chorus.—Ca'the yowes to the knowes,

Ca' them where the heather grows,

Ca' them where the burnie rowes,

My bonie Dearie.

Hark the mavis' e'ening sang,

Sounding Clouden's woods amang;

Then a-faulding let us gang,

My bonie Dearie.

Ca' the yowes, &c.

We'll gae down by Clouden side,

Thro' the hazels, spreading wide,

O'er the waves that sweetly glide,

To the moon sae clearly.

Ca' the yowes, &c.

Yonder Clouden's silent towers,^1

Where, at moonshine's midnight hours,

O'er the dewy-bending flowers,

Fairies dance sae cheery.

Ca' the yowes, &c.

Ghaist nor bogle shalt thou fear,

Thou'rt to Love and Heav'n sae dear,

Nocht of ill may come thee near;

My bonie Dearie.

Ca' the yowes, &c.

Fair and lovely as thou art,

Thou hast stown my very heart;

I can die—but canna part,

My bonie Dearie.

Ca' the yowes, &c.

[Footnote 1: An old ruin in a sweet situation at the

confluence of the Clouden and the Nith.—R. B.]

She Says She Loes Me Best Of A'

Tune—"Oonagh's Waterfall."

Sae flaxen were her ringlets,

Her eyebrows of a darker hue,

Bewitchingly o'er-arching

Twa laughing e'en o' lovely blue;

Her smiling, sae wyling.

Wad make a wretch forget his woe;

What pleasure, what treasure,

Unto these rosy lips to grow!

Such was my Chloris' bonie face,

When first that bonie face I saw;

And aye my Chloris' dearest charm—

She says, she lo'es me best of a'.

Like harmony her motion,

Her pretty ankle is a spy,

Betraying fair proportion,

Wad make a saint forget the sky:

Sae warming, sae charming,

Her faultless form and gracefu' air;

Ilk feature—auld Nature

Declar'd that she could do nae mair:

Hers are the willing chains o' love,

By conquering Beauty's sovereign law;

And still my Chloris' dearest charm—

She says, she lo'es me best of a'.

Let others love the city,

And gaudy show, at sunny noon;

Gie me the lonely valley,

The dewy eve and rising moon,

Fair beaming, and streaming,

Her silver light the boughs amang;

While falling; recalling,

The amorous thrush concludes his sang;

There, dearest Chloris, wilt thou rove,

By wimpling burn and leafy shaw,

And hear my vows o' truth and love,

And say, thou lo'es me best of a'.

To Dr. Maxwell

On Miss Jessy Staig's recovery.

Maxwell, if merit here you crave,

That merit I deny;

You save fair Jessie from the grave!—

An Angel could not die!

To The Beautiful Miss Eliza J—N

On her Principles of Liberty and Equality.

How, Liberty! girl, can it be by thee nam'd?

Equality too! hussey, art not asham'd?

Free and Equal indeed, while mankind thou enchainest,

And over their hearts a proud Despot so reignest.

On Chloris

Requesting me to give her a Spring of Blossomed Thorn.

From the white-blossom'd sloe my dear Chloris requested

A sprig, her fair breast to adorn:

No, by Heavens! I exclaim'd, let me perish, if ever

I plant in that bosom a thorn!

On Seeing Mrs. Kemble In Yarico

Kemble, thou cur'st my unbelief

For Moses and his rod;

At Yarico's sweet nor of grief

The rock with tears had flow'd.

Epigram On A Country Laird,

not quite so wise as Solomon.

Bless Jesus Christ, O Cardonessp,

With grateful, lifted eyes,

Who taught that not the soul alone,

But body too shall rise;

For had He said "the soul alone

From death I will deliver,"

Alas, alas! O Cardoness,

Then hadst thou lain for ever.

On Being Shewn A Beautiful Country Seat

Belonging to the same Laird.

We grant they're thine, those beauties all,

So lovely in our eye;

Keep them, thou eunuch, Cardoness,

For others to enjoy!

On Hearing It Asserted Falsehood

is expressed in the Rev. Dr. Babington's very looks.

That there is a falsehood in his looks,

I must and will deny:

They tell their Master is a knave,

And sure they do not lie.

On A Suicide

Earth'd up, here lies an imp o' hell,

Planted by Satan's dibble;

Poor silly wretch, he's damned himsel',

To save the Lord the trouble.

On A Swearing Coxcomb

Here cursing, swearing Burton lies,

A buck, a beau, or "Dem my eyes!"

Who in his life did little good,

And his last words were "Dem my blood!"

On An Innkeeper Nicknamed "The Marquis"

Here lies a mock Marquis, whose titles were shamm'd,

If ever he rise, it will be to be damn'd.

On Andrew Turner

In se'enteen hunder'n forty-nine,

The deil gat stuff to mak a swine,

An' coost it in a corner;

But wilily he chang'd his plan,

An' shap'd it something like a man,

An' ca'd it Andrew Turner.

Pretty Peg

As I gaed up by yon gate-end,

When day was waxin' weary,

Wha did I meet come down the street,

But pretty Peg, my dearie!

Her air sae sweet, an' shape complete,

Wi' nae proportion wanting,

The Queen of Love did never move

Wi' motion mair enchanting.

Wi' linked hands we took the sands,

Adown yon winding river;

Oh, that sweet hour and shady bower,

Forget it shall I never!

Esteem For Chloris

As, Chloris, since it may not be,

That thou of love wilt hear;

If from the lover thou maun flee,

Yet let the friend be dear.

Altho' I love my Chloris mair

Than ever tongue could tell;

My passion I will ne'er declare—

I'll say, I wish thee well.

Tho' a' my daily care thou art,

And a' my nightly dream,

I'll hide the struggle in my heart,

And say it is esteem.

Saw Ye My Dear, My Philly

Tune—"When she cam' ben she bobbit."

O saw ye my Dear, my Philly?

O saw ye my Dear, my Philly,

She's down i' the grove, she's wi' a new Love,

She winna come hame to her Willy.

What says she my dear, my Philly?

What says she my dear, my Philly?

She lets thee to wit she has thee forgot,

And forever disowns thee, her Willy.

O had I ne'er seen thee, my Philly!

O had I ne'er seen thee, my Philly!

As light as the air, and fause as thou's fair,

Thou's broken the heart o' thy Willy.

How Lang And Dreary Is The Night

How lang and dreary is the night

When I am frae my Dearie;

I restless lie frae e'en to morn

Though I were ne'er sae weary.

Chorus.—For oh, her lanely nights are lang!

And oh, her dreams are eerie;

And oh, her window'd heart is sair,

That's absent frae her Dearie!

When I think on the lightsome days

I spent wi' thee, my Dearie;

And now what seas between us roar,

How can I be but eerie?

For oh, &c.

How slow ye move, ye heavy hours;

The joyless day how dreary:

It was na sae ye glinted by,

When I was wi' my Dearie!

For oh, &c.

Inconstancy In Love

Tune—"Duncan Gray."

Let not Woman e'er complain

Of inconstancy in love;

Let not Woman e'er complain

Fickle Man is apt to rove:

Look abroad thro' Nature's range,

Nature's mighty Law is change,

Ladies, would it not seem strange

Man should then a monster prove!

Mark the winds, and mark the skies,

Ocean's ebb, and ocean's flow,

Sun and moon but set to rise,

Round and round the seasons go.

Why then ask of silly Man

To oppose great Nature's plan?

We'll be constant while we can—

You can be no more, you know.

The Lover's Morning Salute To His Mistress

Tune—"Deil tak the wars."

Sleep'st thou, or wak'st thou, fairest creature?

Rosy morn now lifts his eye,

Numbering ilka bud which Nature

Waters wi' the tears o' joy.

Now, to the streaming fountain,

Or up the heathy mountain,

The hart, hind, and roe, freely, wildly-wanton stray;

In twining hazel bowers,

Its lay the linnet pours,

The laverock to the sky

Ascends, wi' sangs o' joy,

While the sun and thou arise to bless the day.

Phoebus gilding the brow of morning,

Banishes ilk darksome shade,

Nature, gladdening and adorning;

Such to me my lovely maid.

When frae my Chloris parted,

Sad, cheerless, broken-hearted,

The night's gloomy shades, cloudy, dark, o'ercast my sky:

But when she charms my sight,

In pride of Beauty's light—

When thro' my very heart

Her burning glories dart;

'Tis then—'tis then I wake to life and joy!

The Winter Of Life

But lately seen in gladsome green,

The woods rejoic'd the day,

Thro' gentle showers, the laughing flowers

In double pride were gay:

But now our joys are fled

On winter blasts awa;

Yet maiden May, in rich array,

Again shall bring them a'.

But my white pow, nae kindly thowe

Shall melt the snaws of Age;

My trunk of eild, but buss or beild,

Sinks in Time's wintry rage.

Oh, Age has weary days,

And nights o' sleepless pain:

Thou golden time, o' Youthfu' prime,

Why comes thou not again!

Behold, My Love, How Green The Groves

Tune—"My lodging is on the cold ground."

Behold, my love, how green the groves,

The primrose banks how fair;

The balmy gales awake the flowers,

And wave thy flowing hair.

The lav'rock shuns the palace gay,

And o'er the cottage sings:

For Nature smiles as sweet, I ween,

To Shepherds as to Kings.

Let minstrels sweep the skilfu' string,

In lordly lighted ha':

The Shepherd stops his simple reed,

Blythe in the birken shaw.

The Princely revel may survey

Our rustic dance wi' scorn;

But are their hearts as light as ours,

Beneath the milk-white thorn!

The shepherd, in the flowery glen;

In shepherd's phrase, will woo:

The courtier tells a finer tale,

But is his heart as true!

These wild-wood flowers I've pu'd, to deck

That spotless breast o' thine:

The courtiers' gems may witness love,

But, 'tis na love like mine.

The Charming Month Of May

Tune—"Daintie Davie."

It was the charming month of May,

When all the flow'rs were fresh and gay.

One morning, by the break of day,

The youthful, charming Chloe—

From peaceful slumber she arose,

Girt on her mantle and her hose,

And o'er the flow'ry mead she goes—

The youthful, charming Chloe.

Chorus.—Lovely was she by the dawn,

Youthful Chloe, charming Chloe,

Tripping o'er the pearly lawn,

The youthful, charming Chloe.

The feather'd people you might see

Perch'd all around on every tree,

In notes of sweetest melody

They hail the charming Chloe;

Till, painting gay the eastern skies,

The glorious sun began to rise,

Outrival'd by the radiant eyes

Of youthful, charming Chloe.

Lovely was she, &c.

Lassie Wi' The Lint-White Locks

Tune—"Rothiemurchie's Rant."

Chorus.—Lassie wi'the lint-white locks,

Bonie lassie, artless lassie,

Wilt thou wi' me tent the flocks,

Wilt thou be my Dearie, O?

Now Nature cleeds the flowery lea,

And a' is young and sweet like thee,

O wilt thou share its joys wi' me,

And say thou'lt be my Dearie, O.

Lassie wi' the, &c.

The primrose bank, the wimpling burn,

The cuckoo on the milk-white thorn,

The wanton lambs at early morn,

Shall welcome thee, my Dearie, O.

Lassie wi' the, &c.

And when the welcome simmer shower

Has cheer'd ilk drooping little flower,

We'll to the breathing woodbine bower,

At sultry noon, my Dearie, O.

Lassie wi' the, &c.

When Cynthia lights, wi' silver ray,

The weary shearer's hameward way,

Thro' yellow waving fields we'll stray,

And talk o' love, my Dearie, O.

Lassie wi' the, &c.

And when the howling wintry blast

Disturbs my Lassie's midnight rest,

Enclasped to my faithfu' breast,

I'll comfort thee, my Dearie, O.

Lassie wi' the, &c.

Dialogue song—Philly And Willy

Tune—"The Sow's tail to Geordie."

He. O Philly, happy be that day,

When roving thro' the gather'd hay,

My youthfu' heart was stown away,

And by thy charms, my Philly.

She. O Willy, aye I bless the grove

Where first I own'd my maiden love,

Whilst thou did pledge the Powers above,

To be my ain dear Willy.

Both. For a' the joys that gowd can gie,

I dinna care a single flie;

The lad I love's the lad for me,

The lass I love's the lass for me,

And that's my ain dear Willy.

And that's my ain dear Philly.

He. As songsters of the early year,

Are ilka day mair sweet to hear,

So ilka day to me mair dear

And charming is my Philly.

She. As on the brier the budding rose,

Still richer breathes and fairer blows,

So in my tender bosom grows

The love I bear my Willy.

Both. For a' the joys, &c.

He. The milder sun and bluer sky

That crown my harvest cares wi' joy,

Were ne'er sae welcome to my eye

As is a sight o' Philly.

She. The little swallow's wanton wing,

Tho' wafting o'er the flowery Spring,

Did ne'er to me sic tidings bring,

As meeting o' my Willy.

Both. For a' the joys, &c.

He. The bee that thro' the sunny hour

Sips nectar in the op'ning flower,

Compar'd wi' my delight is poor,

Upon the lips o' Philly.

She. The woodbine in the dewy weet,

When ev'ning shades in silence meet,

Is nocht sae fragrant or sae sweet

As is a kiss o' Willy.

Both. For a' the joys, &c.

He. Let fortune's wheel at random rin,

And fools may tine and knaves may win;

My thoughts are a' bound up in ane,

And that's my ain dear Philly.

She. What's a' the joys that gowd can gie?

I dinna care a single flie;

The lad I love's the lad for me,

And that's my ain dear Willy.

Both. For a' the joys, &c.

Contented Wi' Little And Cantie Wi' Mair

Tune—"Lumps o' Puddin'."

Contented wi' little, and cantie wi' mair,

Whene'er I forgather wi' Sorrow and Care,

I gie them a skelp as they're creeping alang,

Wi' a cog o' gude swats and an auld Scottish sang.

Chorus—Contented wi' little, &c.

I whiles claw the elbow o' troublesome thought;

But Man is a soger, and Life is a faught;

My mirth and gude humour are coin in my pouch,

And my Freedom's my Lairdship nae monarch dare touch.

Contented wi' little, &c.

A townmond o' trouble, should that be may fa',

A night o' gude fellowship sowthers it a':

When at the blythe end o' our journey at last,

Wha the deil ever thinks o' the road he has past?

Contented wi' little, &c.

Blind Chance, let her snapper and stoyte on her way;

Be't to me, be't frae me, e'en let the jade gae:

Come Ease, or come Travail, come Pleasure or Pain,

My warst word is: "Welcome, and welcome again!"

Contented wi' little, &c.

Farewell Thou Stream

Air—"Nansie's to the greenwood gane."

Farewell, thou stream that winding flows

Around Eliza's dwelling;

O mem'ry! spare the cruel thoes

Within my bosom swelling.

Condemn'd to drag a hopeless chain

And yet in secret languish;

To feel a fire in every vein,

Nor dare disclose my anguish.

Love's veriest wretch, unseen, unknown,

I fain my griefs would cover;

The bursting sigh, th' unweeting groan,

Betray the hapless lover.

I know thou doom'st me to despair,

Nor wilt, nor canst relieve me;

But, O Eliza, hear one prayer—

For pity's sake forgive me!

The music of thy voice I heard,

Nor wist while it enslav'd me;

I saw thine eyes, yet nothing fear'd,

Till fears no more had sav'd me:

Th' unwary sailor thus, aghast

The wheeling torrent viewing,

'Mid circling horrors sinks at last,

In overwhelming ruin.

Canst Thou Leave Me Thus, My Katie

Tune—"Roy's Wife."

Chorus—Canst thou leave me thus, my Katie?

Canst thou leave me thus, my Katie?

Well thou know'st my aching heart,

And canst thou leave me thus, for pity?

Is this thy plighted, fond regard,

Thus cruelly to part, my Katie?

Is this thy faithful swain's reward—

An aching, broken heart, my Katie!

Canst thou leave me, &c.

Farewell! and ne'er such sorrows tear

That finkle heart of thine, my Katie!

Thou maysn find those will love thee dear,

But not a love like mine, my Katie,

Canst thou leave me, &c.

My Nanie's Awa

Tune—"There'll never be peace till Jamie comes hame."

Now in her green mantle blythe Nature arrays,

And listens the lambkins that bleat o'er her braes;

While birds warble welcomes in ilka green shaw,

But to me it's delightless—my Nanie's awa.

The snawdrap and primrose our woodlands adorn,

And violetes bathe in the weet o' the morn;

They pain my sad bosom, sae sweetly they blaw,

They mind me o' Nanie—and Nanie's awa.

Thou lav'rock that springs frae the dews of the lawn,

The shepherd to warn o' the grey-breaking dawn,

And thou mellow mavis that hails the night-fa',

Give over for pity—my Nanie's awa.

Come Autumn, sae pensive, in yellow and grey,

And soothe me wi' tidings o' Nature's decay:

The dark, dreary Winter, and wild-driving snaw

Alane can delight me—now Nanie's awa.

The Tear-Drop

Wae is my heart, and the tear's in my e'e;

Lang, lang has Joy been a stranger to me:

Forsaken and friendless, my burden I bear,

And the sweet voice o' Pity ne'er sounds in my ear.

Love thou hast pleasures, and deep hae I luv'd;

Love, thou hast sorrows, and sair hae I pruv'd;

But this bruised heart that now bleeds in my breast,

I can feel, by its throbbings, will soon be at rest.

Oh, if I were—where happy I hae been—

Down by yon stream, and yon bonie castle-green;

For there he is wand'ring and musing on me,

Wha wad soon dry the tear-drop that clings to my e'e.

For The Sake O' Somebody

My heart is sair—I dare na tell,

My heart is sair for Somebody;

I could wake a winter night

For the sake o' Somebody.

O-hon! for Somebody!

O-hey! for Somebody!

I could range the world around,

For the sake o' Somebody.

Ye Powers that smile on virtuous love,

O, sweetly smile on Somebody!

Frae ilka danger keep him free,

And send me safe my Somebody!

O-hon! for Somebody!

O-hey! for Somebody!

I wad do—what wad I not?

For the sake o' Somebody.