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Sara Teasdale, comp. (1884–1933).
The Answering Voice: One Hundred Love Lyrics by Women.  1917.
The Siller Crown
By Susanna Blamire
“AND ye sall walk in silk attire,
  And siller hae to spare,
Gin ye ’ll consent to be his bride,
  Nor think o’ Donald mair.”
O, wha wad buy a silken gown        5
  Wi’ a puir broken heart?
Or what ’s to me a siller crown
  Gin frae my love I part?
The mind whose meanest wish is pure
  Far dearest is to me,        10
And ere I ’m forced to break my faith,
  I ’ll lay me down and dee.
For I hae vowed a virgin’s vow
  My lover’s faith to share,
An’ he has gi’en to me his heart,        15
  An’ what can man do mair?
His mind and manners won my heart,
  He gratefu’ took the gift,
An’ did I wish to seek it back
  It wad be waur than theft.        20
The langest life can ne’er repay
  The love he bears to me,
And ere I ’m forced to break my faith,
  I ’ll lay me down an’ dee.

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