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Then tell me how to woo thee, Love;

O, tell me how to woo thee! For thy dear sake nae care I'll take,

Though ne'er another trow me.

Why, lovely charmer, tell me why,
So very kind, and yet so shy?
Why does that cold, forbidding air
Give damps of sorrow and despair ?
Or why that smile my soul subdue,
And kindle up my flames anew ?

If gay attire delight thine eye,

I'll dight me in array ; I'll tend thy chamber door all night,

And squire thee all the day. If sweetest sounds can win thine ear,

These sounds I'll strive to catch ; Thy voice I 'll steal to woo thysell,

That voice that nane can match.

In vain you strive with all your art,
By turns to fire and freeze my heart;
When I behold a face so fair,
So sweet a look, so soft an air,
My ravished soul is charmed all o'er,
I cannot love thee less or more.



But if fond love thy heart can gain,

I never broke a vow;
Nae maiden lays her skaith to me;

I never loved but you.
For you alone I ride the ring,

For you I wear the blue;
For you alone I strive to sing,
O, tell me how to woo !
Then tell me how to woo thee, Love;

0, tell me how to woo thee ! For thy dear sake nae care I 'll take, Though ne'er another trow me.


I PRITHEE send me back my heart,

Since I cannot have thine ;
For if from yours you will not part,

Why then shouldst thou have mine?

Yet, now I think on't, let it lie;

To find it were in vain ; For thou 'st a thief in either eye

Would steal it back again.


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In all this world, as thinketh me,
Is none so pleasant to my e'e,
That I am glad so oft to see,

As my sweet sweeting.
When I behold my sweeting sweet,
Her face, her hands, her minion feet,
They seem to me there is none so mete,

As my sweet sweeting.

I would not long detain
Thy soul from bliss, nor keep thee here in pain ;

Nor should thy fellow-saints e'er know

Of thy escape below: Before thou 'rt missed, thou shouldst return again. Sure, heaven must needs thy love, As well as other qualities, improve :

Come, then ! and recreate my sight

With rays of thy pure light; 'T will cheer my eyes more than the lamps above. But if Fate's so severe As to confine thee to thy blissful sphere,

(And by thy absence I shall know

Whether thy state be so,)
Live happy, and be mindful of me there..


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For while thus it pouts, her fingers wrestle, I THE FLOWER O' DUMBLANE.

Twinkling the audacious leaves between, Till round they turn, and down they nestle :

| THE sun has gane down o'er the lofty Ben Lomond, Is not the dear mark still to be seen ?

And left the red clouds to preside o'er the scene,

While lanely I stray in the calm summergloamin', Where I find her not, beauties vanish;

To muse on sweet Jessie, the Flower o' DumWhither I follow her, beauties flee.

blane. Is there no method to tell her in Spanish

| How sweet is the brier, wi' its saft fauldin' blossom, June'stwice Junesince she breathed it with me?"

And sweet is the birk, wi' its mantle o' green; Come, bud ! show me the least of her traces.

| Yet sweeter and fairer, and dear to this bosom, Treasure my lady's lightest footfall :

Is lovely young Jessie, the Flower o' Dumblane. Ah! you may flout and turn up your faces, Roses, you are not so fair after all !

She's modest as ony, and blithe as she's bonnie, ROBERT BROWNING.

For guileless simplicity marks her its ain; And far be the villain, divested of feeling,

Wha'd blight in its bloom the sweet Flower o' ON A GIRDLE.


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On Richmond Hill there lives a lass

More bright than May-day morn, Whose charms all other maids surpass, –

A rose without a thorn.

By dae ar night, the best ov all, To zee my Fanny's smilén fiace; An' dere the stiately trees da grow, A-rocken as the win' da-blow, While she da sweetly sleep below,

In the stillness o' the night.

This lass so neat, with smiles so sweet, • Has won my right good-will ; I'd crowns resign to call her mine,

Sweet lass of Richmond Hill. Ye zephyrs gay, that fan the air,

And wanton through the grove,
O, whisper to my charming fair,

I die for her I love.
How happy will the shepherd be

Who calls this nymph his own ! 0, may her choice be fixed on me!

Mine's fixed on her alone.

An' dere at evemen I da goo,

A-hoppen auver ghiates an' bars,

By twinklen light o' winter stars,
When snow da clumper to my shoe ;

An' zometimes we da slyly catch
A chat, an hour upon the stratch,
An' piart wi' whispers at the hatch,

In the stillness o' the night.
An' zometimes she da goo to zome

Young nâighbours' housen down the pliace,

An' I da get a clue to triace
Her out, an' goo to zee her huomo,

An' I da wish a vield a mile,
As she da sweetly chat an' smile
Along the drove, or at the stile,
In the stillness o' the night.





O MARY, at thy window be !

It is the wished, the trysted hour ! Those smiles and glances let me see

That make the miser's treasure poor : How blithely wad I bide the stoure,

A weary slave frae sun to sun,
Could I the rich reward secure,

The lovely Mary Morison.
Yestreen when to the trembling string

The dance gaed through the lighted ha', To thee my fancy took its wing, —

I sat, but neither heard nor saw : Though this was fair, and that was braw,

And yon the toast of a' the town, I sighed, and said amang them a',

“Ye are na Mary Morison.”

O MISTRESS mine, where are you roaming ? 0, stay and hear! your true-love's coming

That can sing both high and low; Trip no further, pretty sweeting, Journeys end in lovers' meeting, -

Every wise man's son doth know.

What is love? 't is not hereafter ;
Present mirth hath present laughter;

What's to come is still unsure :
In delay there lies no plenty, —
Then come kiss me, Sweet-and-twenty,
Youth 's a stuff will not endure.



O Mary, canst thou wreck his peace

Wha for thy sake wad gladly dee? Or canst thou break that heart of his,

Whase only faut is loving thee ?
If love for love thou wilt na gie,

At least be pity to me shown ;
A thought ungentle canna be
The thought o' Mary Morison.


When first I saw sweet Peggy,

'T was on a market day : A low-backed car she drove, and sat

Upon a truss of hay ; But when that hay was blooming grass,

And decked with flowers of spring, No flower was there that could compare

With the blooming girl I sing. As she sat in the low-backed car, The man at the turnpike bar

Never asked for the toll,

But just rubbed his owld poll, And looked after the low-backed car.


Ov all the housen o' the pliace

Ther 's aone wher I da like to call,

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