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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. III. The Eighteenth Century: Addison to Blake
 
Whistle, and I ’ll Come to Ye, My Lad
By Robert Burns (1759–1796)
 
  O WHISTLE, and I ’ll come to ye, my lad;
  O whistle, and I ’ll come to ye, my lad:
  Tho’ father and mither and a’ should gae mad,
  O whistle, and I ’ll come to ye, my lad.
 
But warily tent, when ye come to court me,        5
And comena unless the back-yett 1 be a-jee; 2
Syne 3 up the back-stile, and let naebody see,
And come as ye werena comin to me.
And come as ye werena comin to me.
      O whistle, &c.        10
 
At Kirk, or at market, whene’er ye meet me,
Gang by me as tho’ that ye caredna a flee:
But steal me a blink o’ your bonnie black e’e,
Yet look as ye werena lookin at me.
Yet look as ye werena lookin at me.        15
      O whistle, &c.
 
Aye vow and protest that ye carena for me,
And whiles ye may lightly my beauty a wee;
But courtna anither, tho’ jokin ye be,
For fear that she wyle your fancy frae me.        20
For fear that she wyle your fancy frae me.
      O whistle, &c.
 
Note 1. gate. [back]
Note 2. ajar. [back]
Note 3. then. [back]
 
 
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