by Robert Burns (1759 - 1796)

Gane is the day, and mirk's the night
Language: Scottish (Scots) 
Gane is the day, and mirk's the night,
But we'll ne'er stray for faut o' light,
For ale and brandy's stars and moon,
And blude-red wine's the risin sun.

Then guidwife count the lawin, 
      The lawin, the lawin,
Then guidwife count the lawin, 
      And bring a coggie mair.

There's wealth and ease for gentlemen,
And semple folk maun fecht and fen’;
But here we're a' in ae accord,
For ilka man that's drunk's a lord.

My coggie is a haly pool,
That heals the wounds o' care and dool;
And Pleasure is a wanton trout:
An ye drink it a', ye'll find him out!

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Confirmed with The Complete Poems and Songs of Robert Burns, edited by James Barke with an Introduction by John Cairney, Collins, Glasgow 1995, Page 530.


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