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Robert Burns (1759–1796).  Poems and Songs.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
108. Song—Will ye go to the Indies, my Mary?
 
 
Tune—“Will ye go to the Ewe-Bughts, Marion.”
 
 
WILL ye go to the Indies, my Mary,
  And leave auld Scotia’s shore?
Will ye go to the Indies, my Mary,
  Across th’ Atlantic roar?
 
O sweet grows the lime and the orange,        5
  And the apple on the pine;
But a’ the charms o’ the Indies
  Can never equal thine.
 
I hae sworn by the Heavens to my Mary,
  I hae sworn by the Heavens to be true;        10
And sae may the Heavens forget me,
  When I forget my vow!
 
O plight me your faith, my Mary,
  And plight me your lily-white hand;
O plight me your faith, my Mary,        15
  Before I leave Scotia’s strand.
 
We hae plighted our troth, my Mary,
  In mutual affection to join;
And curst be the cause that shall part us!
  The hour and the moment o’ time!        20
 

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