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   English Poetry I: From Chaucer to Gray.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
274. Peggy
 
Allan Ramsay (1686–1758)
 
 
  MY Peggy is a young thing,
    Just enter’d in her teens,
Fair as the day, and sweet as May,
Fair as the day, and always gay;
  My Peggy is a young thing,        5
    And I’m not very auld,
  Yet well I like to meet her at
    The wawking 1 of the fauld. 2
 
  My Peggy speaks sae sweetly
    Whene’er we meet alane,        10
I wish nae mair to lay my care,
I wish nae mair of a’ that’s rare;
  My Peggy speaks sae sweetly,
    To a’ the lave 3 I’m cauld,
  But she gars 4 a’ my spirits glow        15
    At wawking of the fauld.
 
  My Peggy smiles sae kindly
    Whene’er I whisper love,
That I look down on a’ the town,
That I look down upon a crown;        20
  My Peggy smiles sae kindly,
    It makes me blyth and bauld,
  And naething gives me sic delight
    As wawking of the fauld.
 
  My Peggy sings sae saftly        25
    When on my pipe I play,
By a’ the rest it is confest,
By a’ the rest, that she sings best;
  My Peggy sings sae saftly,
    And in her sangs are tauld        30
  With innocence the wale 5 of sense,
    At wawking of the fauld.
 
Note 1. Closes. [back]
Note 2. Going arm-in-arm. [back]
Note 3. Watching. [back]
Note 4. Sheep-fold. [back]
Note 5. Rest. [back]
 

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