Verse > Anthologies > The World’s Best Poetry > Vol. II. Love
Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume II. Love.  1904.
III. Love’s Beginnings
“Dinna ask me”
John Dunlop (1755–1820)
O, DINNA ask me gin I lo’e ye:
  Troth, I daurna tell!
Dinna ask me gin I lo’e ye,—
  Ask it o’ yoursel’.
O, dinna look sae sair at me,        5
  For weel ye ken me true;
O, gin ye look sae sair at me,
  I daurna look at you.
When ye gang to yon braw braw town,
  And bonnier lassies see,        10
O, dinna, Jamie, look at them,
  Lest ye should mind na me.
For I could never bide the lass
  That ye ’d lo’e mair than me;
And O, I ’m sure my heart wad brak,        15
  Gin ye ’d prove fause to me!

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