by Mark Alexander Boyd (1563 - 1601)

Cupid and Venus
Language: Scottish (Scots) 
Fra bank to bank, fra wood to wood I rin, 
Ourhailit with my feeble fantasie; 
Like til a leaf that fallis from a tree, 
Or till a reed ourblawin with the win. 
Twa gods guides me: the ane of them is blin, 
Yea and a bairn brocht up in vanitie; 
The next a wife ingenrit of the sea, 
And lichter nor a dauphin with her fin. 

Unhappy is the man for evermair 
That tills the sand and sawis in the air; 
But twice unhappier is he, I lairn, 
That feedis in his hairt a mad desire, 
And follows on a woman thro the fire, 
Led by a blind and teachit by a bairn.


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This text was added to the website: 2018-11-22
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Word count: 113