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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Scotland: Vols. VI–VIII.  1876–79.
 
Nith, the River
My Nanie-o
Allan Cunningham (1784–1842)
 
RED rowes the Nith ’tween bank and brae,
  Mirk is the night and rainie-o,
Though heaven and earth should mix in storm,
  I ’ll gang and see my Nanie-o;
My Nanie-o, my Nanie-o;        5
  My kind and winsome Nanie-o,
She holds my heart in love’s dear bands,
  And nane can do ’t but Nanie-o.
 
In preaching time sae meek she stands,
  Sae saintly and sae bonnie-o,        10
I cannot get ae glimpse of grace,
  For thieving looks at Nanie-o;
My Nanie-o, my Nanie-o;
  The world ’s in love with Nanie-o;
That heart is hardly worth the wear        15
  That wadna love my Nanie-o.
 
My breast can scarce contain my heart,
  When dancing she moves finely-o;
I guess what heaven is by her eyes,
  They sparkle sae divinely-o;        20
My Nanie-o, my Nanie-o;
  The flower of Nithsdale ’s Nanie-o;
Love looks frae ’neath her lang brown hair,
  And says, I dwell with Nanie-o.
 
Tell not, thou star at gray daylight,        25
  O’er Tinwald-top so bonnie-o,
My footsteps ’mang the morning dew
  When coming frae my Nanie-o;
My Nanie-o, my Nanie-o;
  Nane ken o’ me and Nanie-o;        30
The stars and moon may tell ’t aboon,
  They winna wrang my Nanie-o!
 
 
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