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Robert Burns (1759–1796).  Poems and Songs.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
417. Song—Blythe hae I been on yon hill
 
 
Tune—“The Quaker’s Wife.”
 
 
BLYTHE hae I been on yon hill,
  As the lambs before me;
Careless ilka thought and free,
  As the breeze flew o’er me;
Now nae langer sport and play,        5
  Mirth or sang can please me;
LESLEY is sae fair and coy,
  Care and anguish seize me.
 
Heavy, heavy is the task,
  Hopeless love declaring;        10
Trembling, I dow nocht but glow’r,
  Sighing, dumb despairing!
If she winna ease the thraws
  In my bosom swelling,
Underneath the grass-green sod,        15
  Soon maun be my dwelling.
 

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