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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume III. Sorrow and Consolation.  1904.
 
II. Parting and Absence
“I love my Jean”
Robert Burns (1759–1796)
 
OF a’ the airts 1 the wind can blaw,
  I dearly like the west;
For there the bonnie lassie lives,
  The lassie I lo’e best.
There wild woods grow, and rivers row,        5
  And monie a hill ’s between;
But 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 bonnie flower that springs
  By fountain, shaw, or green;
There ’s not a bonnie bird that sings,        15
  But minds me of my Jean.
 
Note 1. The points of the compass. [back]
 
 
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