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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Georgian Verse.  1909.
 
Midges Dance aboon the Burn
By Robert Tannahill (1774–1810)
 
THE MIDGES dance aboon the burn;
  The dews begin to fa’;
The pairtricks doun the rushy holm
  Set up their e’ening ca’.
Now loud and clear the blackbird’s sang        5
  Rings through the briery shaw,
While flitting gay, the swallows play
  Around the castle wa’.
 
Beneath the golden gloaming sky
  The mavis mends her lay;        10
The redbreast pours his sweetest strains
  To charm the ling’ring day;
While weary yeldrins seem to wail
  Their little nestlings torn,
The merry wren, frae den to den,        15
  Gaes jinkling through the thorn.
 
The roses fauld their silken leaves,
  The foxglove shuts its bell;
The honeysuckle and the birk
  Spread fragrance through the dell.        20
Let ithers crowd the giddy court
  Of mirth and revelry,
The simple joys that Nature yields
  Are dearer far to me.
 
 
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