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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. III. The Eighteenth Century: Addison to Blake
 
Of a’ the Airts the Wind Can Blaw
By Robert Burns (1759–1796)
 
TUNE—‘Miss Admiral Gordon’s Strathspey.’

OF a’ the airts 1 the wind can blaw,
  I dearly like the west,
For there the bonie lassie lives,
  The lassie I lo’e best;
There wild woods grow, and rivers row,        5
  And mony a hill between;
By day and night my fancy’s flight
  Is ever wi’ my Jean.
 
I see her in the dewy flowers,
  I see her sweet and fair;        10
I hear her in the tunefu’ birds,
  I hear her charm the air:
There ’s not a bonie flower that springs
  By fountain, shaw, 2 or green;
There ’s not a bonie bird that sings,        15
  But minds me o’ my Jean.
 
Note 1. quarters. [back]
Note 2. wood. [back]
 
 
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