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Robert Burns (1759–1796).  Poems and Songs.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
380. Song—Saw ye Bonie Lesley
O SAW ye bonie Lesley,
  As she gaed o’er the Border?
She’s gane, like Alexander,
  To spread her conquests farther.
To see her is to love her,        5
  And love but her for ever;
For Nature made her what she is,
  And never made anither!
Thou art a queen, fair Lesley,
  Thy subjects, we before thee;        10
Thou art divine, fair Lesley,
  The hearts o’ men adore thee.
The deil he could na scaith thee,
  Or aught that wad belang thee;
He’d look into thy bonie face,        15
  And say—“I canna wrang thee!”
The Powers aboon will tent thee,
  Misfortune sha’na steer thee;
Thou’rt like themselves sae lovely,
  That ill they’ll ne’er let near thee.        20
Return again, fair Lesley,
  Return to Caledonie!
That we may brag we hae a lass
  There’s nane again sae bonie.


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