The merle in the hauch sings sweet, The mavie on the hill: But I mak merry at my meat And craik to please mysel’. The licht maun low’r, the sang maun owre, The grumlie nicht be lang: Ye canna glowk afore ye howk Sae lat your straik be strang. O! bonnie is the simmer sün And flourish on the tree: But the mauchies in a murlie bane Are bonnier than me. The wind maun blaw, the fleur maun fa’, The grumlie nicht be lang: Ye canna glowk afore ye howk Sae lat your straik be strang.
Confirmed with Poems in Scots and English by William Soutar selected by W R Aitken, Scottish Academic Press, Edinburgh, 1972, page 49.
- by William Soutar (1898 - 1943), "Corbie Sang", written 1940, appears in Poems in Scots and English [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
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- by Francis George Scott (1880 - 1958), "Corbie sang", 1943. [medium voice and piano] [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
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