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Robert Burns (1759–1796).  Poems and Songs.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
444. Song—A Fiddler in the North
 
 
Tune—“The King o’ France he rade a race.”
 
 
AMANG the trees, where humming bees,
  At buds and flowers were hinging, O,
Auld Caledon drew out her drone,
  And to her pipe was singing, O:
’Twas Pibroch, Sang, Strathspeys, and Reels,        5
  She dirl’d them aff fu’ clearly, O:
When there cam’ a yell o’ foreign squeels,
  That dang her tapsalteerie, O.
 
Their capon craws an’ queer “ha, ha’s,”
  They made our lugs grow eerie, O;        10
The hungry bike did scrape and fyke,
  Till we were wae and weary, O:
But a royal ghaist, wha ance was cas’d,
  A prisoner, aughteen year awa’,
He fir’d a Fiddler in the North,        15
  That dang them tapsalteerie, O.
 

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