by Robert Burns (1759 - 1796)

O steer her up, an' haud her gaun
Language: Scottish (Scots) 
O steer her up, an' haud her gaun -- 
Her mither's at the mill, jo; 
An' gin she winna tak a man, 
E'en let her tak her will, jo. 
First shore her wi' a gentle kiss, 
And ca' anither gill, jo, 
An' gin she tak the thing amiss, 
E'en let her flyte her fill, jo. 

O steer her up, an' be na blate, 
An' gin she tak it ill , jo, 
Then leave the lassie till her fate, 
And time nae langer spill, jo! 
Ne'er break your heart for ae rebute, 
But think upon it still, jo, 
That gin the lassie winna do't, 
Ye'll find anither will, jo. 

About the headline (FAQ)

Confirmed with The Complete Poems and Songs of Robert Burns, edited by James Barke with an Introduction by John Cairney, Collins, Glasgow, 1995, Page 598.

See also Allan Ramsay's O steer her up, and had her gawin.

jo = friend
shore = threaten
flyte = scold
blate = shy
spill = waste


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