Contains some scenes of a sexual nature

There cam a Soger

There cam a soger here to stay, He swore he wadna steer me; But, lang before the break o' day, He cuddl'd muddl'd near me: He set a stiff thing to my wame, I docht na bide the bends o't; But lang before the grey morn cam, I soupl'd baith the ends o't.


Daniela Nardini

About this work

This is a poem by Robert Burns. It is read here by Daniela Nardini.

More about this poem

Burns sent 'There cam a soger' to Patrick Miller Jr of Dalswinton (1769 - 1845) on the 08 March 1795, stating that the verse is 'an old Scottish stanza'.

Patrick Miller Jr was a Captain in the army and a Member of Parliament for Dumfires from 1790 until 1796. A great deal of bawdy folk song is written about illicit sexual encounters with soldiers and their consequences.

Pauline Mackay

Themes for this poem

man woman seduction

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