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March 8, 2018

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Robert Burns collected the first few lines of an old song and composed the remainder of the piece below. It tells of a handsome young man’s search for an appropriate and well-to-do wife but points to his vanity and that he actually loves himself and money best of all.


“There's a youth in this city, it were a great pity 
That he from the lasses should wander awa'; 
For he's bonie an braw, weel-favor'd with a', 
An' his hair has a natural buckle an' a'. 

His coat is the hue o' his bonnet sae blue, 
His fecket is white as the new-driven snaw, 
His hose they are blae, and his shoon like the slae, 
And his clear siller buckles, they dazzle us a'. 


For beauty and fortune the laddie's been courtin; 
Weel-featur'd, weel-tocher'd, weel-mounted, an' braw, 
But chiefly the siller that gars him gang till her - 
The penny's the jewel that beautifies a'! 

There's Meg wi' the mailen, that fain wad a haen him. 
And Susie, wha's daddie was laird of the Ha', 
There's lang-tocher'd Nancy maist fetters his fancy; 
But the laddie's dear sel he loes dearest of a'. “



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