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Robert Burns (1759–1796).  Poems and Songs.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
237. Song—It is na, Jean, thy Bonie Face
 
 
IT is na, Jean, thy bonie face,
  Nor shape that I admire;
Altho’ thy beauty and thy grace
  Might weel awauk desire.
 
Something, in ilka part o’ thee,        5
  To praise, to love, I find,
But dear as is thy form to me,
  Still dearer is thy mind.
 
Nae mair ungenerous wish I hae,
  Nor stronger in my breast,        10
Than, if I canna make thee sae,
  At least to see thee blest.
 
Content am I, if heaven shall give
  But happiness, to thee;
And as wi’ thee I’d wish to live,        15
  For thee I’d bear to die.
 

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