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Robert Burns (1759–1796).  Poems and Songs.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
555. Song—O wert thou in the cauld blast
 
 
O WERT thou in the cauld blast,
  On yonder lea, on yonder lea,
My plaidie to the angry airt,
  I’d shelter thee, I’d shelter thee;
Or did Misfortune’s bitter storms        5
  Around thee blaw, around thee blaw,
Thy bield should be my bosom,
  To share it a’, to share it a’.
 
Or were I in the wildest waste,
  Sae black and bare, sae black and bare,        10
The desert were a Paradise,
  If thou wert there, if thou wert there;
Or were I Monarch o’ the globe,
  Wi’ thee to reign, wi’ thee to reign,
The brightest jewel in my Crown        15
  Wad be my Queen, wad be my Queen.
 

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