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Highland Lassie O


Nae gentle dames tho' ne'er sae fair Shall ever be my Muse's care; Their titles a' are empty show, Gie me my Highland Lassie, O. – Within the glen sae bushy, O, Aboon the plain sae rashy, O, I set me down wi' right gude will To sing my Highland Lassie, O. – O were yon hills and vallies mine, Yon palace and yon gardens fine; The world then the love should know I bear my Highland Lassie, O.- But fickle Fortune frowns on me, And I maun cross the raging sea; But while my crimson currents flow, I love my Highland Lassie, O.- Altho' thro' foreign climes I range, I know her heart will never change; For her bosom burns with honor's glow, My faithful Highland Lassie, O- For her I'll dare the billow's roar; For her I'll trace a distant shore; That Indian wealth may lustre throw Around my Highland Lassie, O.- She has my heart, she has my hand, By secret Truth and Honor's band: Till the mortal stroke shall lay me low, I'm thine, my Highland Lassie, O.- Farewel, the glen sae bushy!O Farewel, the plain sae rashy!O To other lands I now must go To sing my Highland Lassie, O.-

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Gary Lewis

About this work

This is a song by Robert Burns. It was written in 1786 and is read here by Gary Lewis.

Themes for this song

love future money

Selected for 10 March

Another of the romantic complications brought about by Burns’ hectic heart in March 1786 was his entanglement with Margaret Campbell, ‘Highland Mary’. It did not end well. Marriage may have been promised. What is sad and certain, is that Mary died, possibly pregnant. Here is the poet, once again contemplating immigration to the West Indies. Sometimes you can abandon people without going anywhere at all...

Donny O'Rourke

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