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Robert Burns (1759–1796).  Poems and Songs.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
221. Song—The Bonie Lad that’s Far Awa
O HOW can I be blythe and glad,
  Or how can I gang brisk and braw,
When the bonie lad that I lo’e best
  Is o’er the hills and far awa!
It’s no the frosty winter wind,        5
  It’s no the driving drift and snaw;
But aye the tear comes in my e’e,
  To think on him that’s far awa.
My father pat me frae his door,
  My friends they hae disown’d me a’;        10
But I hae ane will tak my part,
  The bonie lad that’s far awa.
A pair o’ glooves he bought to me,
  And silken snoods he gae me twa;
And I will wear them for his sake,        15
  The bonie lad that’s far awa.
O weary Winter soon will pass,
  And Spring will cleed the birken shaw;
And my young babie will be born,
  And he’ll be hame that’s far awa.        20


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