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Robert Burns (1759–1796).  Poems and Songs.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
401. Song—Meg o’ the Mill
 
 
O KEN ye what Meg o’ the Mill has gotten,
An’ ken ye what Meg o’ the Mill has gotten?
She gotten a coof wi’ a claut o’ siller,
And broken the heart o’ the barley Miller.
 
The Miller was strappin, the Miller was ruddy;        5
A heart like a lord, and a hue like a lady;
The laird was a widdifu’, bleerit knurl;
She’s left the gude fellow, and taen the churl.
 
The Miller he hecht her a heart leal and loving,
The lair did address her wi’ matter mair moving,        10
A fine pacing-horse wi’ a clear chained bridle,
A whip by her side, and a bonie side-saddle.
 
O wae on the siller, it is sae prevailin’,
And wae on the love that is fixed on a mailen!
A tocher’s nae word in a true lover’s parle,        15
But gie me my love, and a fig for the warl’!
 

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