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Robert Burns (1759–1796).  Poems and Songs.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
465. Song—It was a’ for our rightfu’ King
 
 
IT was a’ for our rightfu’ King
  We left fair Scotland’s strand;
It was a’ for our rightfu’ King
  We e’er saw Irish land, my dear,
  We e’er saw Irish land.        5
 
Now a’ is done that men can do,
  And a’ is done in vain;
My Love and Native Land fareweel,
  For I maun cross the main, my dear,
  For I maun cross the main.        10
 
He turn’d him right and round about,
  Upon the Irish shore;
And gae his bridle reins a shake,
  With adieu for evermore, my dear,
  And adieu for evermore.        15
 
The soger frae the wars returns,
  The sailor frae the main;
But I hae parted frae my Love,
  Never to meet again, my dear,
  Never to meet again.        20
 
When day is gane, and night is come,
  And a’ folk bound to sleep;
I think on him that’s far awa,
  The lee-lang night, and weep, my dear,
  The lee-lang night, and weep.        25
 

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