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1 O dinna think, my bonnie lass, that I'm gaun to leave thee!
2 I'll nobbet gae to yonder town, and I'll come and see thee;
3 Gin the night be ne'er sae dark, and I be ne'er sae weary, O!
4 I'll tak a staff into my hand, and come and see my dearie, O!
5 O dinna think, my bonnie lass, that I'll e'er forsake thee!
6 I mean to act an honest part, and loyally to take thee;
7 For thou art mine, and I'll be thine, and sure we'll never weary, O!
8 I'll meet thee at the kirk-gate, my ain kind dearie, O!
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9 The fairest words o' wooing men they often turn to marriage strife;
10 There's Sandy, how he dawtit Jean, but now he flytes now she's his wife;
11 Ance she was good and fair, o' her he'd never weary, O!
12 But now, I trow, he cares nae mair for his kind dearie, O!
13 But Sandy, lass, ye ken fu' weel, car'd nought but for her siller;
14 'Twas love of goud and glittering show that ay band him till her;
15 But I've nae band but love alane, and that can never weary, O!
16 Therefore consent and wear the chain, my ain kind dearie, O!


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Title (in Source Edition): O DINNA THINK, MY BONNIE LASS.
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Blamire, Susanna, 1747-1794. The Poetical Works of Miss Susanna Blamire “The muse of Cumberland.” Now for the first time collected by Henry Lonsdale, M.D. with a preface, memoir, and notes by Patrick Maxwell, ... Edinburgh: John Menzies, 61 Princes Street; R. Tyas, London; D. Robertson, Glasgow; and C. Thurnam, Carlisle. MDCCCXLII., 1842, pp. 246-247.  (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [42.256].)

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