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Robert Burns (1759–1796).  Poems and Songs.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
557. Song—Fairest Maid on Devon’s Banks
 
 
Tune—“Rothiemurchie.”
 
 
Chorus—Fairest maid on Devon banks,
      Crystal Devon, winding Devon,
Wilt thou lay that frown aside,
      And smile as thou wert wont to do?
 
FULL well thou know’st I love thee dear,        5
Couldst thou to malice lend an ear!
O did not Love exclaim: “Forbear,
  Nor use a faithful lover so.”
        Fairest maid, &c.
 
Then come, thou fairest of the fair,        10
Those wonted smiles, O let me share;
And by thy beauteous self I swear,
  No love but thine my heart shall know.
      Fairest maid, &c.
 

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