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Robert Burns (1759–1796).  Poems and Songs.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
82. Song—Kissing my Katie
Tune—“The bob o’ Dumblane.”
O MERRY hae I been teethin’ a heckle,
  An’ merry hae I been shapin’ a spoon;
O merry hae I been cloutin’ a kettle,
  An’ kissin’ my Katie when a’ was done.
O a’ the lang day I ca’ at my hammer,        5
  An’ a’ the lang day I whistle and sing;
O a’ the lang night I cuddle my kimmer,
  An’ a’ the lang night as happy’s a king.
Bitter in dool I lickit my winnins
  O’ marrying Bess, to gie her a slave:        10
Blest be the hour she cool’d in her linnens,
  And blythe be the bird that sings on her grave!
Come to my arms, my Katie, my Katie;
  O come to my arms and kiss me again!
Drucken or sober, here’s to thee, Katie!        15
  An’ blest be the day I did it again.


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