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Robert Burns (1759–1796).  Poems and Songs.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
101. Song—Composed in Spring
Tune—“Jockey’s Grey Breeks.”
AGAIN rejoicing Nature sees
  Her robe assume its vernal hues:
Her leafy locks wave in the breeze,
  All freshly steep’d in morning dews.
  Chorus.—And maun I still on Menie doat,        5
    And bear the scorn that’s in her e’e?
  For it’s jet, jet black, an’ it’s like a hawk,
    An’ it winna let a body be.
In vain to me the cowslips blaw,
  In vain to me the vi’lets spring;        10
In vain to me in glen or shaw,
  The mavis and the lintwhite sing.
                And maun I still, &c.
The merry ploughboy cheers his team,
Wi’ joy the tentie seedsman stalks;        15
But life to me’s a weary dream,
A dream of ane that never wauks.
                And maun I still, &c.
The wanton coot the water skims,
Amang the reeds the ducklings cry,        20
The stately swan majestic swims,
And ev’ry thing is blest but I.
                And maun I still, &c.
The sheep-herd steeks his faulding slap,
And o’er the moorlands whistles shill:        25
Wi’ wild, unequal, wand’ring step,
I meet him on the dewy hill.
                And maun I still, &c.
And when the lark, ’tween light and dark,
Blythe waukens by the daisy’s side,        30
And mounts and sings on flittering wings,
A woe-worn ghaist I hameward glide.
                And maun I still, &c.
Come winter, with thine angry howl,
And raging, bend the naked tree;        35
Thy gloom will soothe my cheerless soul,
When nature all is sad like me!
                And maun I still, &c.


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