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Altered from an old English song

How cruel are the Parents Who riches only prize, And to the wealthy booby Poor Woman sacrifice: Meanwhile the hapless Daughter Has but a choice of strife; To shun a tyrant Father's hate, Become a wretched Wife. The ravening hawk pursuing, The trembling dove thus flies, To shun impelling ruin Awhile her pinions tries; Till of escape despairing, No shelter or retreat, She trusts the ruthless Falconer And drops beneath his feet.


Joyce Falconer

About this work

This is a song by Robert Burns. It was written in 1795 and is read here by Joyce Falconer.

More about this song

This song, which had appeared in a number of eighteenth-century miscellanies, was reworked by Burns and set to the tune of John Anderson My Jo.

Ralph McLean

Themes for this song

marriage anguish

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