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Robert Burns (1759–1796).  Poems and Songs.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
216. Song—Duncan Davison
THERE was a lass, they ca’d her Meg,
  And she held o’er the moors to spin;
There was a lad that follow’d her,
  They ca’d him Duncan Davison.
The moor was dreigh, and Meg was skeigh,        5
  Her favour Duncan could na win;
For wi’ the rock she wad him knock,
  And aye she shook the temper-pin.
As o’er the moor they lightly foor,
  A burn was clear, a glen was green,        10
Upon the banks they eas’d their shanks,
  And aye she set the wheel between:
But Duncan swoor a haly aith,
  That Meg should be a bride the morn;
Then Meg took up her spinning-graith,        15
  And flang them a’ out o’er the burn.
We will big a wee, wee house,
  And we will live like king and queen;
Sae blythe and merry’s we will be,
  When ye set by the wheel at e’en.        20
A man may drink, and no be drunk;
  A man may fight, and no be slain;
A man may kiss a bonie lass,
  And aye be welcome back again!


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