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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume II. Love.  1904.
 
VIII. Wedded Love
My Ain Wife
Alexander Laing (1787–1857)
 
I WADNA gi’e my ain wife
  For ony wife I see;
I wadna gi’e my ain wife
  For ony wife I see;
A bonnier yet I ’ve never seen,        5
  A better canna be—
I wadna gi’e my ain wife
  For ony wife I see!
 
O couthie is my ingle-cheek,
  An’ cheerie is my Jean;        10
I never see her angry look,
  Nor hear her word on ane.
She ’s gude wi’ a’ the neebours roun’
  An’ aye gude wi’ me—
I wadna gi’e my ain wife        15
  For ony wife I see.
 
An’ O her looks sae kindlie,
  They melt my heart outright,
When o’er the baby at her breast
  She hangs wi’ fond delight;        20
She looks intil its bonnie face,
  An’ syne looks to me—
I wadna gi’e my ain wife
  For ony wife I see.
 
 
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