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Lassie wi' the lintwhite locks


Lassie wi' the lintwhite locks, Bonie lassie, artless lassie, Wilt thou wi' me tent the flocks, An wilt thou be my Dearie O. Now Nature cleeds the flowery lea, And a' is young and sweet like thee, O wilt thou share its joys wi' me, And say thou'lt be my Dearie O. The primrose bank, the wimpling burn, The cuckoo on the milkwhite thorn, The wanton lambs at rosy morn Shall glad thy heart, my Dearie, O. And when the welcome simmer shower Has chear'd ilk drooping little flower, We'll to the breathing woodbine bower At sultry noon, my Dearie, O. When Cynthia lights, wi' silver ray, The weary shearer's hameward way, Thro' yellow waving fields we'll stray, And talk o' love, my Dearie, O. And should the howling wintry blast Disturb my lassie's midnight rest, I'll fauld thee to my faithfu' breast, And comfort thee, my Dearie O. Lassie wi' the lintwhite locks, Bonie lassie, artless lassie, Wilt thou wi' me tent the flocks, An wilt thou be my Dearie O.

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Liam Brennan

About this work

This is a song by Robert Burns. It was written in 1794 and is read here by Liam Brennan.

More about this song

The song 'Lassie wi' the lintwhite locks' was written in approximately 1794 and first appeared in George Thomson's Select Collection of Scottish Airs (1801). It is a pastoral song which invokes natural imagery to depict a love that is both innocent and sincere.

It is believed that the song was inspired by Jean Lorimer (1775-1831) whom Robert Burns met as a teenager. Jean Lorimer would go on to lead a turbulent life, plagued by misfortune and poverty; the result of an unfortunate marriage.

However, Burns continued in his contact with her and Jean inspired a significant number of the poet's love songs. In many of these she is given the Arcadian pseudonym, 'Chloris'.

Pauline Mackay

Themes for this song

nature love farming

Selected for 18 June

If June brings out the flowers, it also brings out the flowery!

Donny O'Rourke

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