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ROBERT CUNNINGHAME-GRAHAM OF
GARTMORE

1735-1797

483                                         If Doughty Deeds

IF doughty deeds my lady please,
   Right soon Ill mount my steed;
And strong his arm and fast his seat,
   That bears frae me the meed.
Ill wear thy colours in my cap,
   Thy picture in my heart;
And he that bends not to thine eye
   Shall rue it to his smart!
      Then tell me how to woo thee, Love;
        O tell me how to woo thee!
      For thy dear sake nae care Ill take,
        Tho neer another trow me.
If gay attire delight thine eye
   Ill dight me in array;
Ill tend thy chamber door all night,
   And squire thee all the day.
If sweetest sounds can win thine ear,
   These sounds Ill strive to catch;
Thy voice Ill steal to woo thysel,
   That voice that nane can match.
     Then tell me how to woo thee, Love ...

But if fond love thy heart can gain,
   I never broke a vow;
Nae maiden lays her skaith to me,
   I never loved but you.
For you alone I ride the ring,
   For you I wear the blue;
For you alone I strive to sing,
   O tell me how to woo!
Then tell me how to woo thee, Love;
   O tell me how to woo thee!
     For thy dear sake nae care Ill take
       Tho neer another trow me.

 

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