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Robert Burns (1759–1796).  Poems and Songs.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
448. Song—Young Jamie, pride of a’ the plain
 
 
Tune—“The Carlin of the Glen.”
 
 
YOUNG JAMIE, pride of a’ the plain,
Sae gallant and sae gay a swain,
Thro’ a’ our lasses he did rove,
And reign’d resistless King of Love.
 
But now, wi’ sighs and starting tears,        5
He strays amang the woods and breirs;
Or in the glens and rocky caves,
His sad complaining dowie raves:—
 
“I wha sae late did range and rove,
And chang’d with every moon my love,        10
I little thought the time was near,
Repentance I should buy sae dear.
 
“The slighted maids my torments see,
And laugh at a’ the pangs I dree;
While she, my cruel, scornful Fair,        15
Forbids me e’er to see her mair.”
 

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