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Wilt thou be my dearie?

Language: Scottish (Scots)

Wilt thou be my dearie?
When sorrow wrings thy gentle heart,
[O]1 wilt thou let me chear thee?
By the treasure of my soul —
That's the love I bear thee —
I swear and vow that only thou
Shall ever be my dearie !
Only thou, I swear and vow,
Shall ever be my dearie !

Lassie, say thou lo'es me,
Or if thou wilt na be my ain,
[Sayna]2 thou'lt refuse me !
If it winna, canna be,
Thou for thine may choose me,
Let me, lassie, quickly die,
Trusting that thou lo'es me !
Lassie, let me quickly die,
Trusting that thou lo'es me!

Translation(s): FRE

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Confirmed with The Complete Poetical Works of Robert Burns, Cambridge edition, Boston and New York, Houghton Mifflin Company, 1897, page 259.

1 omitted by Beach.
2 Beach: "Say na"

Submitted by Guy Laffaille [Guest Editor] and Pierre Mathé [Guest Editor]


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  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , title unknown, copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2008-06-08.
Last modified: 2014-11-25 10:20:14
Line count: 18
Word count: 107

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