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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. III. The Eighteenth Century: Addison to Blake
 
Duncan Gray
By Robert Burns (1759–1796)
 
DUNCAN GRAY came 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 1 her head fu’ high,        5
Looked asklent and unco skeigh, 2
Gart poor Duncan stand abeigh; 3
        Ha, ha, the wooing o’ t.
 
Duncan fleeched, 4 and Duncan prayed;
        Ha, ha, &c.        10
Meg was deaf as Ailsa Craig,
        Ha, ha, &c.
Duncan sighed baith out and in,
Grat 5 his een baith bleer’t and blin’, 6
Spak o’ lowpin 7 o’er a linn; 8        15
        Ha, ha, &c.
 
Time and chance are but a tide,
        Ha, ha, &c.
Slighted love is sair to bide,
        Ha, ha, &c.        20
Shall I, like a fool, quoth he,
For a haughty hizzie dee?
She may gae to—France for me!
        Ha, ha, &c.
 
How it comes let doctors tell,        25
        Ha, ha, &c.
Meg grew sick—as he grew hale,
        Ha, ha, &c.
Something in her bosom wrings,
For relief a sigh she brings;        30
And O, her een, they spak sic things!
        Ha, ha, &c.
 
Duncan was a lad o’ grace,
        Ha, ha, &c.
Maggie’s was a piteous case,        35
        Ha, ha, &c.
Duncan couldna be her death,
Swelling pity smoor’d 9 his wrath;
Now they ’re crouse and cantie 10 baith,
        Ha, ha, the wooing o ’t.        40
 
Note 1. tossed. [back]
Note 2. proud. [back]
Note 3. At a shy distance. [back]
Note 4. besought. [back]
Note 5. wept. [back]
Note 6. bleared and blind. [back]
Note 7. leaping. [back]
Note 8. precipice. [back]
Note 9. smothered. [back]
Note 10. cheerful and merry. [back]
 
 
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