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Robert Burns (1759–1796).  Poems and Songs.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
65. Song—Rantin, Rovin Robin
Tune—“Daintie Davie.”
THERE 1 was a lad was born in Kyle,
But whatna day o’ whatna style,
I doubt it’s hardly worth the while
  To be sae nice wi’ Robin.
Chor.—Robin was a rovin’ boy,        5
  Rantin’, rovin’, rantin’, rovin’,
Robin was a rovin’ boy,
  Rantin’, rovin’, Robin!
Our monarch’s hindmost year but ane
Was five-and-twenty days begun, 2        10
’Twas then a blast o’ Janwar’ win’
  Blew hansel in on Robin.
                Robin was, &c.
The gossip keekit in his loof,
Quo’ scho, “Wha lives will see the proof,        15
This waly boy will be nae coof:
  I think we’ll ca’ him Robin.”
                Robin was, &c.
“He’ll hae misfortunes great an’ sma’,
But aye a heart aboon them a’,        20
He’ll be a credit till us a’—
  We’ll a’ be proud o’ Robin.”
                Robin was, &c.
“But sure as three times three mak nine,
I see by ilka score and line,        25
This chap will dearly like our kin’,
  So leeze me on thee! Robin.”
                Robin was, &c.
“Guid faith,” quo’, scho, “I doubt you gar
The bonie lasses lie aspar;        30
But twenty fauts ye may hae waur
  So blessins on thee! Robin.”
                Robin was, &c.
Note 1. Not published by Burns. [back]
Note 2. January 25, 1759, the date of my bardship’s vital existence.—R. B. [back]


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