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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Georgian Verse.  1909.
 
Loudoun’s Bonnie Woods and Braes
By Robert Tannahill (1774–1810)
 
‘LOUDOUN’S bonnie woods and braes,
  I maun lea’ them a’, lassie;
Wha can thole when Britain’s faes
  Wad gi’e Britons law, lassie?
Wha would shun the field o’ danger?        5
Wha frae fame wad live a stranger?
Now when freedom bids avenge her,
  Wha wad shun her ca’, lassie?
Loudoun’s bonnie woods and braes
Hae seen our happy bridal days,        10
And gentle hope shall soothe thy waes
  When I am far awa’, lassie.’
 
‘Hark! the swelling bugle sings,
  Yielding joy to thee, laddie,
But the dolefu’ bugle brings        15
  Waefu’ thoughts to me, laddie.
Lanely I maun climb the mountain,
Lanely stray beside the fountain,
Still the weary moments countin’,
  Far frae love and thee, laddie.        20
O’er the gory fields of war,
Where vengeance drives his crimson car,
Thou’lt maybe fa’, frae me afar,
  And nane to close thy e’e, laddie.’
 
‘O! resume thy wonted smile!        25
  O! suppress thy fears, lassie!
Glorious honour crowns the toil
  That the soldier shares, lassie;
Heaven will shield thy faithful lover
Till the vengeful strife is over,        30
Then we’ll meet nae mair to sever,
  Till the day we die, lassie;
’Midst our bonnie woods and braes
We’ll spend our peaceful, happy days,
As blithe’s yon lightsome lamb that plays        35
  On Loudoun’s flowery lea, lassie.’
 
 
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