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Robert Burns (1759–1796).  Poems and Songs.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
81. Song—For a’ that
Tune—“For a’ that.”
THO’ 1 women’s minds, like winter winds,
  May shift, and turn, an’ a’ that,
The noblest breast adores them maist—
  A consequence I draw that.

    For a’ that, an’ a’ that,
      And twice as meikle’s a’ that;
    The bonie lass that I loe best
      She’ll be my ain for a’ that.
Great love I bear to a’ the fair,
  Their humble slave, an’ a’ that;        10
But lordly will, I hold it still
  A mortal sin to thraw that.
              For a’ that, &c.
But there is ane aboon the lave,
  Has wit, and sense, an’ a’ that;        15
A bonie lass, I like her best,
  And wha a crime dare ca’ that?
              For a’ that, &c.
In rapture sweet this hour we meet,
  Wi’ mutual love an’ a’ that,        20
But for how lang the flie may stang,
  Let inclination law that.
              For a’ that, &c.
Their tricks an’ craft hae put me daft.
  They’ve taen me in, an’ a’ that;        25
But clear your decks, and here’s—“The Sex!”
  I like the jads for a’ that.
              For a’ that, &c.
Note 1. A later version of “I am a bard of no regard” in “The Jolly Beggars.” [back]


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