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Robert Burns (1759–1796).  Poems and Songs.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
275. Song—The Laddie’s dear sel’
THERE’S a youth in this city, it were a great pity
  That he from our lassies should wander awa’;
For he’s bonie and braw, weel-favor’d witha’,
  An’ his hair has a natural buckle an’ a’.
His coat is the hue o’ his bonnet sae blue,        5
  His fecket is white as the new-driven snaw;
His hose they are blae, and his shoon like the slae,
  And his clear siller buckles, they dazzle us a’.
For beauty and fortune the laddie’s been courtin;
  Weel-featur’d, weel-tocher’d, weel-mounted an’ braw;        10
But chiefly the siller that gars him gang till her,
  The penny’s the jewel that beautifies a’.
There’s Meg wi’ the mailen that fain wad a haen him,
And Susie, wha’s daddie was laird o’ the Ha’;
There’s lang-tocher’d Nancy maist fetters his fancy,        15
But the laddie’s dear sel’, he loes dearest of a’.


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