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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. III. The Eighteenth Century: Addison to Blake
This Is No My Ain Lassie
By Robert Burns (1759–1796)
TUNE—‘This is no my ain House.’

  THIS is no my ain lassie,
    Fair tho’ the lassie be;
  Weel ken I my ain lassie,
    Kind love is in her e’e.
I see a form, I see a face,        5
Ye weel may wi’ 1 the fairest place:
It wants, to me, the witching grace,
  The kind love that ’s in her e’e.
      This is no, &c.
She ’s bonie, blooming, straight, and tall,
And lang has had my heart in thrall;        10
And aye it charms my very saul,
  The kind love that ’s in her e’e
      This is no, &c.
A thief sae pawkie 2 is my Jean,
To steal a blink, by a’ unseen;
But gleg 3 as light are lovers’ een,        15
  When kind love is in the e’e.
      This is no, &c.
It may escape the courtly sparks,
It may escape the learned clerks;
But weel the watching lover marks
  The kind love that ’s in her e’e.
      This is no, &c.
Note 1. win. [back]
Note 2. cunning. [back]
Note 3. quick. [back]

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