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Logan Braes


O Logan, sweetly didst thou glide, That day I was my Willie's bride, And years sin syne hae o'er us run, Like Logan to the simmer sun: But now thy flowery banks appear Like drumlie Winter, dark and drear, While my dear lad maun face his faes, Far, far frae me and Logan braes. Again the merry month of May Has made our hills and valleys gay; The birds rejoice in leafy bowers, The bees hum round the breathing flowers; Blythe Morning lifts his rosy eye, And Evening's tears are tears o' joy: My soul, delightless a' surveys, While Willie's far frae Logan braes. Within yon milk-white hawthorn bush, Amang her nestlings sits the thrush: Her faithfu' mate will share her toil, Or wi' his song her cares beguile; But I wi' my sweet nurslings here, Nae mate to help, nae mate to cheer, Pass widow'd nights and joyless days, While Willie's far frae Logan braes. O wae upon you, Men o' State, That brethren rouse to deadly hate! As ye make mony a fond heart mourn, Sae may it on your heads return! How can your flinty hearts enjoy The widow's tear, the orphan's cry? But soon may peace bring happy days, And Willie hame to Logan braes!

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Gerda Stevenson
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About this work

This is a song by Robert Burns. It was written in 1793 and is read here by Gerda Stevenson.

Themes for this song

nature war regret

Selected for 25 May

In yesterday’s selection (May 24th), the poet inveighed against military conflict. Today’s poem is anti-war too. It implicitly criticises the policy of recruiting defeated and destitute Highlanders into the very army that had defeated them at Culloden. Written from the point of view of a wife waiting for her spouse to return from the latest campaign, this song once again demonstrates Burns's empathy for the situation of women. The, 'merry month o' May', is contrasted with, 'widow'd nights, and joyless days'.

Donny O'Rourke

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