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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  Women Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
V. Rothesay Bay
By Dinah Maria Craik (1826–1887)
FU’ yellow lie the corn-rigs
  Far doun the braid hillside;
It is the brawest harst-field
  Alang the shores o’ Clyde,—
And I’m a puir harst-lassie        5
  Wha stands the lee-lang day
Shearing the corn-rigs of Ardbeg
  Aboon sweet Rothesay Bay.
O I had ance a true-love,—
  Now, I hae nane ava;        10
And I had three braw brithers,
  But I hae tint them a’;
My father and my mither
  Sleep i’ the mools this day,
I sit my lane amang the rigs        15
  Aboon sweet Rothesay Bay.
It’s a bonnie bay at morning,
  And bonnier at the noon,
But it’s bonniest when the sun draps
  And red comes up the moon:        20
When the mist creeps o’er the Cumbrays
  And Arran peaks are gray,
And the great black hills, like sleepin’ kings,
  Sit grand roun’ Rothesay Bay,
Then a bit sigh stirs my bosom,        25
  And a saut tear blin’s my e’e,—
And I think o’ that far Countrie
  Whar I wad like to be!
But I rise content i’ the morning
  To wark while wark I may,        30
I’ the yellow harst-field of Ardbeg
  Aboon sweet Rothesay Bay.

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