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Thou ling'ring star, with less'ning ray,

That lov'st to greet the early morn, Again thou usher'st in the day

My Mary from my soul was torn. 50 Mary! dear departed shade!

Where is thy place of blissful rest? Seest thou thy lover lowly laid ?

Hear'st thou the groans that rend his breast?


That sacred hour can I forget,

Can I forget the hallowed grove, Where by the winding Ayr we met,

To live one day of parting love? Eternity will not efface

Those records dear of transports past, 15 Thy image at our last embrace,

Ah! little thought we ’t was our last !


Ayr, gurgling, kissed his pebbled shore,

O'erhung with wild woods, thick’ning green; The fragrant birch and hawthorn hoar

Twined am'rous round the raptured scene; The flowers sprang wanton to be prest,

The birds sang love on every sprayTill too, too soon, the glowing west

Proclaimed the speed of wingèd day.

25 Still o'er these scenes my mem'ry wakes,

And fondly broods with miser care; Time but th' impression deeper makes,

As streams their channels deeper wear.


My Mary! dear departed shade!

Where is thy place of blissful rest ?
Seest thou thy lover lowly laid ?

Hear'st thou the groans that rend his breast?


TUNE — Miss Admiral Gordon's Strathspey.

I Love My Jean bears witness to Burns's love for his wife, Jean Armour. “ This song," he wrote, “I composed out of compliment to Mrs. Burns. N. B. It was in the honeymoon.”

OF a' the airts the wind can blaw

I dearly like the west,
For there the bonny lassie lives,

The lassie I lo'e best:

5 There's wild woods grow, and rivers row,

And monie a hill between;
But day and night my fancy's flight

Is ever wi' my Jean.

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There's not a bonny flower that springs

By fountain, shaw, or green,
15 There's not a bonny bird that sings,

But minds me o' my Jean. 1. airts the wind can blaw, quarters from which the wind can blow.

5. row, roll. 14. shaw, wooded dell.


Miss Jessy Lewars was a young lady who helped Mrs. Burns to nurse the poet in his last illness. Of the origin of On, Wert Thou in the Cauld Blast, she has told that one morning Burns called upon her, and said if she would play him any tune of which she was fond, he would write words for her to sing to it. She played a melody, and as soon as Burns had it well in his mind, he sat down and wrote this song in a few minutes.

Oh, wert thou in the cauld blast

On yonder lea, on yonder lea,
My plaidie to the angry airt,

I'd shelter thee, I'd shelter thee!
5 Or did Misfortune's bitter storms

Around thee blaw, around thee blaw,
Thy bield should be my bosom,

To share it a', to share it a’!


Or were I in the wildest waste,

Of earth and air, of earth and air,
The desert were a paradise,

If thou wert there, if thou wert there!
Or were I monarch o' the globe,

Wi' thee to reign, wi' thee to reign,
15 The only jewel in my crown

Wad be my queen, wad be my queen!

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Oh, my luve 's like a red, red rose,

That's newly sprung in June; Oh, my luve 's like the melodie,

That's sweetly played in tune.

5 As fair art thou, my bonny 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, 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 awhile! 15 And I will come again, my luve,

Though it were ten thousand mile.


Oh, Mary, at thy window be,

It is the wished, the trysted hour! Those smiles and glances let me see,

That make the miser's treasure poor : 5 How blithely wad I bide the stoure, A weary

slave frae sun to sun, Could I the rich reward secure,

The lovely Mary Morison.


Yestreen, when to the trembling string

The dance gaed through the lighted ba',
To thee my fancy took its wing,

I sat, but neither heard nor saw.
Though this was fair, and that was braw,

the toast of a' the town,
15 I sighed, and said amang them a':

“ Ye are na Mary Morison.”


Oh, Mary, canst thou wreck his peace,

Wha for thy sake wad gladly die ?
Or canst thou break that heart of his,

Whase only faut is loving thee?
If love for love thou wilt na gie,

At least be pity to me shown;
A thought ungentle canna be

The thought o' Mary Morison.


HERE awa', there awa', wandering Willie,

Here awa', there awa', haud awa' hame; Come to my bosom, my ain only dearie,

Tell me thou bring'st me my Willie the same.

5 Winter winds blew loud and cauld at our parting,

Fears for my Willie brought tears in my ee; Welcome now simmer, and welcome my Willie

The simmer to nature, my Willie to me.


Rest, ye wild storms, in the cave of your slumbers ; How your dread howling a lover alarms!

2. haud, hold. 3. ain, own.

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