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SONG,

COMPOSED IN AUGUST.

Tune, I had a horse, I had nae mair.
I.
1 Now westlin winds, and slaught'ring guns
2 Bring Autumn's pleasant weather;
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3 And the moorcock springs, on whirring wings,
4 Amang the blooming heather:
5 Now waving grain, wide o'er the plain,
6 Delights the weary Farmer;
7 And the moon shines bright, when I rove at night,
8 To muse upon my Charmer.
II.
9 The Partridge loves the fruitful fells;
10 The Plover loves the mountains;
11 The Woodcock haunts the lonely dells;
12 The soaring Hern the fountains:
13 Thro' lofty groves, the Cushat roves,
14 The path of man to shun it;
15 The hazel bush o'erhangs the Thrush,
16 The spreading thorn the Linnet.
III.
17 Thus ev'ry kind their pleasure find,
18 The savage and the tender;
19 Some social join, and leagues combine;
20 Some solitary wander:
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21 Avaunt, away! the cruel sway,
22 Tyrannic man's dominion;
23 The Sportsman's joy, the murd'ring cry,
24 The flutt'ring, gory pinion!
IV.
25 But PEGGY dear, the ev'ning's clear,
26 Thick flies the skimming Swallow;
27 The sky is blue, the fields in view,
28 All fading-green and yellow:
29 Come let us stray our gladsome way,
30 And view the charms of Nature;
31 The rustling corn, the fruited thorn,
32 And ev'ry happy creature.
V.
33 We'll gently walk, and sweetly talk,
34 Till the silent moon shine clearly;
35 I'll grasp thy waist, and fondly prest,
36 Swear how I love thee dearly:
37 Not vernal show'rs to budding flow'rs,
38 Not Autumn to the Farmer,
39 So dear can be, as thou to me,
40 My fair, my lovely Charmer!

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    Title (in Source Edition): SONG, COMPOSED IN AUGUST.
    Author: Robert Burns
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    POEMS, CHIEFLY IN THE SCOTTISH DIALECT, BY ROBERT BURNS. Kilmarnock: printed by John Wilson, M,DCC,LXXXVI., 1786, pp. 224-226. 240p.; 8⁰. (ESTC T91548) (Page images digitized by National Library of Scotland.)

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