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Robert Burns (1759–1796).  Poems and Songs.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
369. Song—My Collier Laddie
 
 
WHARE live ye, my bonie lass?
  And tell me what they ca’ ye;
My name, she says, is mistress Jean,
  And I follow the Collier laddie.
                My name, she says, &c.        5
 
See you not yon hills and dales
  The sun shines on sae brawlie;
They a’ are mine, and they shall be thine,
  Gin ye’ll leave your Collier laddie.
                They a’ are mine, &c.        10
 
Ye shall gang in gay attire,
  Weel buskit up sae gaudy;
And ane to wait on every hand,
  Gin ye’ll leave your Collier laddie.
                And ane to wait, &c.        15
 
Tho’ ye had a’ the sun shines on,
  And the earth conceals sae lowly,
I wad turn my back on you and it a’,
  And embrace my Collier laddie.
                I wad turn my back, &c.        20
 
I can win my five pennies in a day,
  An’ spen’t at night fu’ brawlie:
And make my bed in the collier’s neuk,
  And lie down wi’ my Collier laddie.
                And make my bed, &c.        25
 
Love for love is the bargain for me,
  Tho’ the wee cot-house should haud me;
And the warld before me to win my bread,
  And fair fa’ my Collier laddie!
                And the warld before me, &c.        30
 

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