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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Georgian Verse.  1909.
 
O’er the Muir amang the Heather
By Jean Glover (1758–1801)
 
COMING through the Craigs o’ Kyle,
  Amang the bonnie blooming heather,
There I met a bonnie lassie,
  Keeping a’ her ewes thegither.
 
    O’er the muir amang the heather,        5
    O’er the muir amang the heather,
    There I met a bonnie lassie,
    Keeping a’ her ewes thegither.
 
Says I, ‘My dear, where is thy hame?
  In muir or dale, pray tell me whether?’        10
Says she, ‘I tent the fleecy flocks
  That feed amang the blooming heather.’
 
We laid us down upon a bank,
  Sae warm and sunny was the weather;
She left her flocks at large to rove        15
  Amang the bonnie blooming heather.
 
While thus we lay she sung a sang,
  Till echo rang a mile and farther;
And aye the burden o’ the sang
  Was ‘O’er the muir amang the heather!’        20
 
She charmed my heart, and aye sinsyne
  I couldna think on ony ither:
By sea and sky she shall be mine,
  The bonnie lass amang the heather!
 
    O’er the muir amang the heather,        25
    Down amang the blooming heather:—
    By sea and sky she shall be mine,
    The bonnie lass amang the heather!
 
 
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