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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
We ’ll a’ Go Pu’ the Heather
 
Robert Nicoll (1814–37)
 
 
WE ’LL a’ go pu’ the heather,
  Our byres are a’ to theek:
Unless the peat-stack get a hap,
  We ’ll a’ be smoor’d wi’ reek.
Wi’ rantin’ sang awa’ we ’ll gang,        5
  While summer skies are blue,
To fend against the winter cauld
  The heather we will pu’.
 
I like to pu’ the heather,
  We ’re aye sae mirthfu’ where        10
The sunshine creeps atour the crags,
  Like ravell’d golden hair.
Where on the hill-tap we can stand
  Wi’ joyfu’ heart I trow,
And mark ilk grassy bank and holm,        15
  As we the heather pu’.
 
I like to pu’ the heather,
  Where harmless lambkins run,
Or lay them down beside the burn
  Like gowans in the sun;        20
Where ilka foot can tread upon
  The heath-flower wet wi’ dew,
When comes the starnie ower the hill,
  While we the heather pu’.
 
I like to pu’ the heather,        25
  For ane can gang awa’,
But no before a glint o’ love
  On some ane’s e’e doth fa’.
Sweet words we dare to whisper there,
  “My hinny and my doo,”        30
Till maistly we wi’ joy could greet
  As we the heather pu’.
 
We ’ll a’ go pu’ the heather,
  For at you mountain fit
There stands a broom bush by a burn,        35
  Where twa young folk can sit:
He meets me there at morning’s rise,
  My beautiful and true.
My father said the word—the morn
  The heather we will pu’.        40
 

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