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Robert Burns (1759–1796).  Poems and Songs.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
513. Song—Steer her up and haud her gaun
 
 
O STEER her up, an’ haud her gaun,
  Her mither’s at the mill, jo;
An’ gin she winna tak a man,
  E’en let her tak her will, jo.
First shore her wi’ a gentle kiss,        5
  And ca’ anither gill, jo;
An’ gin she tak the thing amiss,
  E’en let her flyte her fill, jo.
 
O steer her up, an’ be na blate,
  An’ gin she tak it ill, jo,        10
Then leave the lassie till her fate,
  And time nae langer spill, jo:
Ne’er break your heart for ae rebute,
  But think upon it still, jo:
That gin the lassie winna do’t,        15
  Ye’ll find anither will, jo.
 

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