Philly And Willy


He O Philly, happy be that day, When roving thro' the gather'd hay, My youthfu' heart was stown away, And by thy charms, my Philly. She O Willy, ay I bless the grove Where first I own'd my maiden love, Whilst thou did pledge the Powers above, To be my ain dear Willy. He As Songsters of the early year, Are ilka day mair sweet to hear, So ilka day to me mair dear And charming is my Philly. She As on the brier the budding rose, Still richer breathes and fairer blows, So in my tender bosom grows The love I bear my Willy. He The milder sun and bluer sky That crown my harvest cares wi' joy, Were ne'er sae welcome to my eye As is a sight o' Philly. She The little swallow's wanton wing, Tho' wafting o'er the flowery Spring, Did ne'er to me sic tydings bring, As meeting o' my Willy. He The bee that thro the sunny hour Sips nectar in the opening flower, Compar'd wi' my delight is poor, Upon the lips o' Philly. She The woodbine in the dewy weet, When evening shades in silence meet, Is nocht sae fragrant or sae sweet As is a kiss o' Willy. He Let fortune's wheel at random run; And Fools may tyne, and Knaves may win; My thoughts are a' bound up on ane, And that's my ain dear Philly. She What's a' the joys that gowd can gie? I care n wealth a single flie; The lad I love's the lad for me, And that's my ain dear Willy.

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About this work

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

More about this song

This performance was read by Jonathan Watson and Daniella Nardini.

Themes for this song

love nature

Selected for 11 July

Yesterday's lyric was dedicated to the famously beautiful Phillis McMurdo. Here is the other poem she inspired, a playful update in Scots of the classical pastoral lovers' dialogue.

Donny O'Rourke

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