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Francis T. Palgrave, ed. (1824–1897). The Golden Treasury.  1875.
 
R. Burns
 
CLIII. Duncan Gray
 
DUNCAN GRAY cam' here to woo, 
    Ha, ha, the wooing o't; 
On blythe Yule night when we were fou, 
    Ha, ha, the wooing o't: 
Maggie coost her head fu' high,         5
Look'd asklent and unco skeigh, 
Gart poor Duncan stand abeigh; 
    Ha, ha, the wooing o't! 
  
Duncan fleech'd and Duncan pray'd 
    Ha, ha, the wooing o't;  10
Meg was deaf as Ailsa Craig; 
    Ha, ha, the wooing o't: 
Duncan sigh'd baith out and in, 
Grat his een baith bleer't and blin', 
Spak o' lowpin ower a linn!  15
    Ha, ha, the wooing o't! 
  
Time and chance are but a tide, 
    Ha, ha, the wooing o't; 
Slighted love is sair to bide, 
    Ha, ha, the wooing o't:  20
Shall I, like a fool, quoth he, 
For a haughty hizzie dee? 
She may gae to—France for me! 
    Ha, ha, the wooing o't! 
  
How it comes let doctors tell,  25
    Ha, ha, the wooing o't; 
Meg grew sick—as he grew hale, 
    Ha, ha, the wooing o't: 
Something in her bosom wrings, 
For relief a sigh she brings!  30
And oh, her een, they spak sic things! 
    Ha, ha, the wooing o't! 
  
Duncan was a lad o' grace, 
    Ha, ha, the wooing o't; 
Maggie's was a piteous case,  35
    Ha, ha, the wooing o't: 
Duncan could na be her death, 
Swelling pity smoor'd his wrath; 
Now they're crouse and canty baith, 
    Ha, ha, the wooing o't!  40
 
 
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