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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Georgian Verse.  1909.
 
Ca’ the Yowes to the Knowes
By Robert Burns (1759–1796)
 
    CA’ the yowes to the knowes,
      Ca’ them where the heather grows,
    Ca’ them where the burnie rowes,
      My bonnie Dearie.
 
Hark! the mavis’ e’ening sang,        5
Sounding Clouden’s woods amang;
Then a-faulding let us gang, 1
  My bonnie Dearie.
 
We’ll gae down by Clouden side,
Thro’ the hazels, spreading wide,        10
O’er the waves that sweetly glide,
  To the moon sae clearly.
 
Yonder Clouden’s silent towers,
Where, at moonshine’s midnight hours,
O’er the dewy bending flowers,        15
  Fairies dance sae cheery.
 
Ghaist nor bogle shalt thou fear,
Thou’rt to Love and Heaven sae dear,
Nocht of ill may come thee near;
  My bonnie Dearie.        20
 
Fair and lovely as thou art,
Thou hast stown my very heart;
I can die—but canna part,
  My bonnie Dearie.
 
    Ca’ the yowes to the knowes,        25
      Ca’ them where the heather grows,
    Ca’ them where the burnie rowes,
      My bonnie Dearie.
 
Note 1. A-faulding let us gang: i.e., to gather the sheep within the fold. [back]
 
 
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