There was a Lass (Poem by Robert Burns)

Old Poem

There was a Lass (1)
By Robert Burns


There was a lass, they ca’d her Meg,
    And she held o’er the moors to spin;
There was a lad that follow’d her,
    They ca’d him Duncan Davison.
The moor was driegh, and Meg was skiegh,
    Her favour Duncan could na win;
For wi’ the roke she wad him knock.
    And ay she shook the temper-pin.


There was a Lass (2)


As o’er the moor they lightly foor,
    A burn was clear, a glen was green,
Upon the banks they eas’d-their shanks,
    And ay she set the wheel between:
But Duncan swore a haly aith,
    That Meg should be a bride the morn,
Then Meg took up her spinnin’ graith,
    And flang them a’ out o’er the burn.


There was a Lass (3)


We’ll big a house, — a wee, wee house,
    And we will live like king and queen,
Sae blythe and merry we will be
    When ye set by the wheel at e’en.
A man may drink and no be drunk;
    A man may fight and no be slain;
A man may kiss a bonnie lass,
    And ay be welcome back again.

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