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The pathless wild an' wimpling burn,
TUNE-"Here's a health to ane I lo'e dear."
HERE'S a health to ane I lo'e dear!
Here's a health to ane I lo'e dear!
Thou art sweet as the smile when fond lovers meet, An' soft as their parting tear-Jessy!
Altho' thou maun never be mine,
Altho' even hope is denied: 'Tis sweeter for thee despairing,
Than aught in the world beside-Jessy!
I mourn thro' the gay, gaudy day,
As, hopeless, I muse on thy charms;
I guess by the dear angel smile,
I guess by the love rolling e'e;
But why urge the tender confession,
'Gainst fortune's fell cruel decree-Jessy!
THE TITHER MORN.
To a Highland air.
THE tither morn, when I forlorn
His bonnet he, a thought ajee,
Cock'd sprush when first he clasp'd me;
An' I, I wat, wi' fainness grat,
While in his grips he press'd me.
De'il tak' the war! I late an' air
But now as glad I'm wi' my lad
Fu' aft at e'en, wi' dancing keen,
In absence o' my dearie.
But, praise be blest, my mind's at rest,
At kirk an' fair, I'se aye be there,
An' be as canty's ony.
Fairest Maid on Devon Banks.
OUT OVER THE FORTH.
TUNE-" Charlie Gordon's welcome hame."
OUT over the Forth I look to the north,
But what is the north and its Highlands to me? The south nor the east gi'e ease to my breast, The far-foreign land or the wild-rolling sea.
But I look to the west when I gae to rest,
FAIREST MAID ON DEVON BANKS.
[The Poet's last song.]
FAIREST maid on Devon banks,
Crystal Devon, winding Devon,
Wilt thou lay that frown aside,
And smile as thou were wont to do?
Full well thou know'st I love thee dear,
Then come, thou fairest of the fair,
No love but thine my heart shall know.
SLEEP'ST THOU, OR WAK'ST THOU?
SLEEP'ST thou, or wak'st thou, fairest creature ?
Waters wi' the tears o' joy:
Now thro' the leafy woods,
And by the reeking floods,
Wild Nature's tenants, freely, gladly stray:
The lintwhite in his bower
Chants o'er the breathing flower,
The lav'rock to the sky
Ascends wi' sangs o' joy,
While the sun and thou arise to bless the day.
Phoebus, gilding the brow o' morning,
Banishes ilk darksome shade,
Nature gladd'ning and adorning;