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It's vain to comfort me, Willie,

Sair grief maun hae its will; But let me rest upon your breist To sab and greet my fill: Let me sit on your knee, Willie, Let me shed by your hair, And look into the face, Willie, I never sall see mair.

I'm sittin' on your knee, Willie,
For the last time in my life.
A puir, heart-broken thing, Willie,
A mither, yet nae wife;

Aye, press your hand upon my heart,
And press it mair and mair,
Or it will burst the silken string
Sae strang is its despair.

A stoun gaes thro' my head, Willie,
A sair stoun thro' my heart—
Oh! haud me up and let me kiss
Thy brow ere we twa pairt.
Anither, and anither yet!

How fast my lifestrings break; Fareweel! fareweel! thro' yon kirkyard Step lichtly for my sake!

The lav'rock in the lift, Willie,
That lilts far ower our head,
Will sing the morn as merrillie
Above the clay-cauld deid;
And this green turf we're sitting on
Wi' dewdrops shimmerin' sheen,
Will hap the heart that luvit thee
As warld has seldom seen.

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I've wander'd east, I've wander'd west,
Through mony a weary way;

But never never can forget
The luve o' life's young day!

The fire that's blawn on Beltane e'en
May weel be black gin Yule :
But blacker fa' awaits the heart
Where first fond luve grows cule.

O dear, dear Jeanie Morrison,

The thochts o' bygine years

Still fling their shadows ower my path,
And blind my een w' tears:
They blind my een with saut, saut tears,
And sair and sick I pine,

As memory idly summons up
The blythe blinks o' langsyne.

"Twas then we luvit ilk ither weel,

'Twas then we twa did part;

Sweet time sad time! twa bairns at schule, Twa bairns, and but ae heart;

"Twas then we sat on ae laigh bink,

To leir ilk ither lear;

And tones and looks, and smiles were shed, Remember'd ever mair.

I wonder, Jeanie, aften yet,

When sitting on that bink,
Cheek touchin' cheek, loof lock'd in loof,
What our wee heads could think!
When baith bent doun ower ae braid page,
Wae buik on our knee,

Thy lips were on thy lesson, but
My lesson was in thee.

Oh, mind ye how we hung our heads,
How cheeks brent red wi' shame,
Whene'er the schule-weans, laughin', said,
We cleek'd thegither hame?
And mind ye o' the Saturdays,

(The schule then skailt at noon,) When we ran off to speel the braes The broomy braes o' June?

My head rins round and round about,
My heart flows like a sea,

As ane by ane the thochts rush back
O' schule-time and o' thee.
Oh, mornin' life! oh, mornin' luve
Oh, lichtsome days and lang,
When hinnied hopes around our hearts
Like simmer blossoms sprang!

Oh, mind ye, luve, how aft we left
The deavin', dinsome toun,
To wander by the green burnside,
And hear its watercroon ?

The simmer leaves hung ower our heads,
The flowers burst round our feet,
And in the gloamin' o' the wud

The throssil whusslit sweet.

The throssil whusslit in the wud,
The burn sung to the trees,
And we with Nature's heart in tune
Concerted harmonies;

And on the knowe abune the burn
For hours thegither sat
In the silentness o' joy, till baith
Wi' very gladness grat!

Aye, aye, dear Jeanie Morrison,
Tears trickled down your cheek,
Like dew-beads on a rose, yet nane
Had only power to speak!
That was a time, a blessed time,
When hearts were fresh and young,
When freely gush'd all feelings forth,

I marvel, Jeanie Morrison,

Gin I hae been to thee

As closely twined wi' earliest thochts
As ye hae been to me?

Oh! tell me gin their music fills

Thine ear as it does mine!

Oh! say gin e'er your heart grows grit Wi' dreamings o' langsyne?

I've wander'd east, I've wander'd west,
I've borne a weary lot;

But in my wanderings, far or near,
Ye never were forgot.

The fount that first burst frae this heart
Still travels on its way,
And channels deeper as it rins
The luve o' life's young day.

O, dear, dear Jeanie Morrison,
Since we were sinder'd young,
I've never seen your face, nor heard
The music o' your tongue;
But I could hug all wretchedness,
And happy could I die,

Did I but ken your heart still dream'd
O' bygane days and me!


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