One Night As I Did Wander


One night as I did wander, When corn begins to shoot, I sat me down to ponder Upon an auld tree root; Auld Ayr ran by before me, And bicker'd to the seas; A cushat crooded o'er me, That echoed through the braes.

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Phyllis Logan

About this work

This is a song by Robert Burns. It was written in 1785 and is read here by Phyllis Logan.

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Although written in Burns time at Mossgeil, this poem wasn't published until 1808 when it appeared in Cromek's Reliques.

It is speculated that this piece was a fragment of a longer poem, perhaps the lost The Poet's Rambles by the Banks of Ayr, a satirical piece that is thought to have attacked many of the wealthier families of Ayrshire.

It is notable for being set to the Scots folk tune John Anderson My Jo, John.

Alistair Braidwood

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