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664                                    The Blind Boys Pranks

MEN grew sae cauld, maids sae unkind,
    Love kentna1 whaur to stay:
Wi fient an arrow2, bow, or string
Wi droopin heart an drizzled wing,
    He faught his lonely way.
Is there nae mair in Garioch fair
    Ae spotless hame for me?
Hae politics an corn an kye
Ilk bosom stappit? Fie, O fie!
    Ill swithe3 me oer the sea.
He launchd a leaf o jessamine,
    On whilk he daurd to swim,
An pillowd his head on a wee rosebud,
Syne laithfu4, lanely, Love gan scud
    Down Urys waefu stream.
The birds sang bonnie as Love drew near,
    But dowie5 when he gaed by;
Till lulld wi the sough o monie a sang,
He sleepit fu soun and saild alang
    Neath Heavens gowden sky.
Twas just whaur creeping Ury greets
    Its mountain cousin Don,
There wanderd forth a weelfaurd6 dame,
Wha listless gazed on the bonnie stream,
As it flirted an playd with a sunny beam
    That flickerd its bosom upon.
Love happit7 his head, I trow, that time
    The jessamine bark drew nigh,
The lassie espied the wee rosebud,
An aye her heart gae thud for thud,
    An quiet it wadna lie.
O gin I but had yon wearie wee flower
    That floats on the Ury sae fair!
She lootit8 her hand for the silly rose-leaf,
But little wist she o the pawkie9 thief
    That was lurkin an laughin there!
Love glowerd10 when he saw her bonnie dark ee,
    An swore by Heavens grace
He neer had seen nor thought to see,
Since eer he left the Paphian lea,
    Sae lovely a dwallin-place.
Syne first of a in her blythesome breast
    He built a bower, I ween;
An what did the waefu devilick neist?
But kindled a gleam like the rosy east,
    That sparkled frae baith her een.
An then beneath ilk high ee-bree11
    He placed a quiver there; His bow?
What but her shinin brow?
An O sic deadly strings he drew
    Frae out her silken hair!
Guid be our guard! Sic deeds waur deen
    Roun a our countrie then;
An monie a hangin lug12 was seen
Mang farmers fat, an lawyers lean,
    An herds o common men!

1 kentna: knew not.

2 wi fient an arrow: i.q. with deuce an arrow.

3 swithe: hie quickly.

4 laithfu: regretful.

5 dowie: dejectedly.

6 weelfaurd: well-favoured, comely.

7 happit: covered up.

8 lootit: lowered.

9 pawkie: sly.

10 glowerd: stared.

11 ee-bree: eyebrow.

12 lug: ear.


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