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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Georgian Verse.  1909.
Werena My Heart Licht I Wad Dee
By Lady Grisel Baillie (1665–1746)
THERE was ance a may, and she lo’ed na men;
See biggit her bonnie bouir doun i’ yon glen;
But now she cries Dule and a well-a-day!
Come doun the green gate and come here away.
When bonnie young Johnnie cam’ ower the sea        5
He said he saw naething sae bonnie as me;
He hecht me baith rings and monie braw things;
And werena my heart licht I wad dee.
He had a wee tittie that lo’ed na me,
Because I was twice as bonnie as she;        10
She raised sic a pother ’twixt him and his mother,
That werena my heart licht I wad dee.
The day it was set and the bridal to be—
The wife took a dwam and lay doun to dee;
She maned, and she graned, out o’ dolour and pain,        15
Till he vowed that he ne’er wad see me again.
His kin was for ane o’ a higher degree,
Said, what had he to do wi’ the like o’ me?
Albeit I was bonnie I wasna for Johnnie:
And werena my heart licht I wad dee.        20
They said I had neither cow nor calf,
Nor dribbles o’ drink rins through the draff,
Nor pickles o’ meal rins through the mill-e’e;
And werena my heart licht I wad dee.
His tittie she was baith wily and slee,        25
She spied me as I cam’ ower the lea,
And then she ran in and made a loud din;
Believe your ain een an ye trow na me.
His bannet stood aye fu’ round on his brow—
His auld ane looked aye as weel as some’s new;        30
But now he lets ’t wear ony gate it will hing,
And casts himsel’ dowie upon the corn-bing.
And now he gaes drooping about the dykes
And a’ he dow do is to hund the tykes;
The live-lang nicht he ne’er steeks his e’e;        35
And werena my heart licht I wad dee.
Were I young for thee as I ha’e been
We should ha’e been gallopin’ doun on yon green,
And linkin’ it on the lily-white lea;
And wow gin I were but young for thee!        40

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