There was a bonie lass


There was a bonie lass, And a bonie, bonie lass, And she lo'ed her bonie laddie dear; Till War's loud alarms Tore her laddie frae her arms, Wi' mony a sigh and tear. Over sea, over shore, Where the cannons loudly roar; He still was a stranger to fear: And nocht could him quail, or his bosom assail, But the bonie lass he lo'ed sae dear.

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Juliet Cadzow

About this work

This is a song by Robert Burns. It is read here by Juliet Cadzow.

Themes for this song

love war

Selected for 24 May

The British army had often resorted to offers of the King's shilling that could not easily be refused. But an essentially volunteer force it remained until the full horror of the First World War began to emerge. Conscription began on April 24th, 1916. Small wonder there were by then, too few volunteers for the carnage on the Western Front. Women waited, before and since, during 'war’s loud alarms'.

Donny O'Rourke

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