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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume II. Love.  1904.
 
III. Love’s Beginnings
“Comin’ through the rye”
Robert Burns (1759–1796)
 
Adapted

  GIN a body meet a body
    Comin’ through the rye,
  Gin a body kiss a body,
    Need a body cry?
  Every lassie has her laddie,—        5
    Ne’er a ane hae I;
  Yet a’ the lads they smile at me
    When comin’ through the rye.
Amang the train there is a swain
  I dearly lo’e mysel’;        10
But whaur his hame, or what his name,
  I dinna care to tell.
 
  Gin a body meet a body
    Comin’ frae the town,
  Gin a body greet a body,        15
    Need a body frown?
  Every lassie has her laddie,—
    Ne’er a ane hae I;
  Yet a’ the lads they smile at me
    When comin’ through the rye.        20
Amang the train there is a swain
  I dearly lo’e mysel’;
But whaur his hame, or what his name,
  I dinna care to tell.
 
 
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