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Robert Burns (1759–1796).  Poems and Songs.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
537. Song—O bonie was yon rosy Brier
 
 
O BONIE was yon rosy brier,
  That blooms sae far frae haunt o’ man;
And bonie she, and ah, how dear!
  It shaded frae the e’enin sun.
 
Yon rosebuds in the morning dew,        5
  How pure, amang the leaves sae green;
But purer was the lover’s vow
  They witness’d in their shade yestreen.
 
All in its rude and prickly bower,
  That crimson rose, how sweet and fair;        10
But love is far a sweeter flower,
  Amid life’s thorny path o’ care.
 
The pathless, wild and wimpling burn,
  Wi’ Chloris in my arms, be mine;
And I the warld nor wish nor scorn,        15
  Its joys and griefs alike resign.
 

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