O poortith cauld and restless love


O Poortith cauld, and restless love, Ye wrack my peace between ye; Yet poortith a' I could forgive An 'twere na for my Jeanie. O why should Fate sic pleasure have, Life's dearest bands untwining? Or why sae sweet a flower as love, Depend on Fortune's shining? This warld's wealth when I think on, Its pride, and a' the lave o't; My curse on silly coward man, That he should be the slave o't. O why should Fate sic pleasure have, Life's dearest bands untwining? O why sae sweet a flower as love, Depend on Fortune's shining? Her een sae bonie blue betray, How she repays my passion; But Prudence is her o'erword ay, She talks o' rank and fashion. O why should Fate sic pleasure have, Life's dearest bands untwining? Or why sae sweet a flower as love, Depend on Fortune's shining? O wha can prudence think upon, And sic a lassie by him: O wha can prudence think upon, And sae in love as I am? O why should Fate sic pleasure have, Life's dearest bands untwining? Or why sae sweet a flower as love, Depend on Fortune's shining? How blest the wild-wood Indian's fate, He wooes his simple Dearie: The silly bogles, Wealth and State, Did never make them eerie. O why should Fate sic pleasure have, Life's dearest bands untwining? Or why sae sweet a flower as love, Depend on Fortune's shining?

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John Bett

About this work

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

Themes for this song

love woman life future

Selected for 13 October

This was an unlucky October 13th for the residents of the Granite City. In 1660 James Graham, Marquess of Montrose, sacked the city after the Battle of Aberdeen. The Bard set this love song to the air, 'Cauld Kale in Aiberdeen'. Aptly perhaps, in an oil town so popular with US companies, the lyric features an American - a Native American at that.

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