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My goddess woman

Language: English

O mighty Nature's handywarks,
The common or uncommon,
There's nocht thro' a' her limits wide
Can be compar'd to woman.
The farmer toils, the merchant trokes,
Frae dawin to the gloamin;
The farmer's pains, the merchant's cares,
Are baith to please a woman.

The sailor spreads the daring sail,
Thro' angry seas a foaming;
The jewels, gems o' foreign shores,
He gi'es to please a woman.
The sodger fights o'er crimson fields,
In distant climates roaming;
Yet lays, wi' pride, his laurels down,
Before all-conquering woman.

A monarch leaves his lofty throne,
Wi' other men in common;
He flings aside his crown, and kneels
A subject to a woman,
Tho' I had a' e'er man possess'd,
Barbarian, Greek, or Roman;
It wad nae a' be worth a strae,
Without my goddess woman.


Trokes = bargains, barters
Frae dawin to the gloamin = from dawn to dusk

Submitted by Ferdinando Albeggiani


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Text added to the website: 2013-03-25.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:05:09
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