by Robert Burns (1759 - 1796)

Robin shure in hairst
Language: Scottish (Scots) 
Robin shure in hairst,
  I shure wi' him;
Fient a heuk had I,
  Yet I stack by him.

I gaed up to Dunse,
  To warp a wab o' plaiden;
At his daddie's yett,
  Wha met me but Robin!
Robin shure in hairst...

Was na Robin bauld,
  Tho' I was a cotter,
Play'd me sic a trick
  An' me the Eller's dochter!
Robin shure in hairst...

Robin promis'd me
  A' my winter vittle;
Fient haet he had but three
  Goose feathers and a whittle!
Robin shure in hairst...

Confirmed with The Complete Poems and Songs of Robert Burns, edited by James Barke with an Introduction by John Cairney, Collins, Glasgow, 1995, Page 602.

fient = nothing
heuk = sickle
yett = gate
Eller = Elder
whittle = pen knife


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