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   English Poetry II: From Collins to Fitzgerald.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
346. And Ye Shall Walk in Silk Attire
 
Susanna Blamire (1747—1794)
 
 
AND ye shall walk in silk attire
  And siller 1 hae to spare,
Gin ye’ll consent to be his bride,
  Nor think o’ Donald mair.
Oh, wha wad buy a silken goun        5
  Wi’ a puir broken heart?
Or what’s to me a siller croun,
  Gin frae my love I part?
 
The mind wha’s every wish is pure
  Far dearer is to me;        10
And ere I’m forced to break my faith,
  I’ll lay me doun and dee:
For I ha’e pledged my virgin troth
  Brave Donald’s fate to share;
And he has gi’en to me his heart,        15
  Wi’ a’ its virtues rare.
 
His gentle manners wan my heart,
  He gratefu’ took the gift;
Could I but think to tak’ it back,
  It wad be waur 2 than theft.        20
For langest life can ne’er repay
  The love he bears to me;
And ere I’m forced to break my troth
  I’ll lay me doun and dee.
 
Note 1. Money.  [back]
Note 2. Worse. [back]
 

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