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Francis T. Palgrave, ed. (1824–1897). The Golden Treasury.  1875.
 
R. Burns
 
CXLIX. Bonnie Lesley
 
O SAW ye bonnie Lesley 
  As she gaed o'er the Border? 
She's gane, like Alexander, 
  To spread her conquests farther. 
  
To see her is to love her,         5
  And love but her for ever; 
For Nature made her what she is, 
  And ne'er made sic anither! 
  
Thou art a queen, fair Lesley, 
  Thy subjects, we before thee;  10
Thou art divine, fair Lesley, 
  The hearts o' men adore thee. 
  
The Deil he could na scaith thee, 
  Or aught that wad belang thee; 
He'd look into thy bonnie face,  15
  And say, "I canna wrang thee!" 
  
The Powers aboon will tent thee; 
  Misfortune sha' na steer thee; 
Thou'rt like themselves sae lovely, 
  That ill they'll ne'er let near thee.  20
  
Return again, fair Lesley, 
  Return to Caledonie! 
That we may brag we hae a lass 
  There's nane again sae bonnie. 
 
 
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