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Highland Mary

A Song
by Robert Burns

Robert Burns - Scottish Poet
This is another expression of Burns' passion for Highland Mary. The author wrote; 'This song pleases me. I think it is in my happiest manner. The subject of it is one of the most interesting passages of my youthful days. I should be much flattered to see the verses set to an air which would insure celebrity.'

I
Ye banks and braes, and streams around,
The castle o' Montgomery,
Green be your woods, and fair your flowers,
Your waters never drumlie!
There simmer first unfauld her robes,
And there the langest tarry;
For there I took the last fareweel
O my sweet Highland Mary.

II
How sweetly bloom'd the gay green birk!
How rich the hawthorn's blossom!
As underneath their fragrant shade,
I clasped her to my bosom!
The golden hours, on angel wings,
Flew o'er me and my dearie;
For dear to me, as light and life,
Was my sweet Highland Mary.

III
Wi' mony a vow, and lock'd embrace,
Our parting was fu' tender;
And, pledging aft to meet again,
We tore oursel's asunder;
But, oh! fell Death's untimely frost,
That nipt my flower sae early!--
Now green's the sod, and cauld's the clay,
That wraps my Highland Mary!

IV
Oh pale, pale now, those rosy lips,
I aft hae kiss'd sae fondly!
And clos'd for aye the sparkling glance
That dwelt on me sae kindly!
And mouldering now in silent dust
That heart that lo'ed me dearly--
But still within my bosom's core
Shall live my Highland Mary!


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