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And blythe awakes the morrow;
Can yield me nocht but sorrow.
I hear the wild birds singing;
And care his bosom wringing.
Yet dare na for your anger;
If I conceal it langer.
If thou shalt love anither,
Around my grave they'll wither. *
• This song, says Burns, “ was composed on a passion which a Mr. GILLESPIE, a particular friend of mine, had for a Miss LORIMER, afterwards a Mrs. WheLPDALE. The young lady was born at Craigie-burn Wood.”
Craigie-burn Wood is sitvated on the banks of the river Moffat, and about three miles distant from the village of that name, celebrated for its medicinal waters. The woods of Craigie-burn and of Dumcrief, were at one time favourite haunts of our poet. It was there he met the Lassie we the lint-white locks, and there he conceived several of his beautiful lyrics.
• ALEXANDER DOUGLAS, the author of this song, is a native of Strathmiglo, on the Eden, in Fifeshire, where, we believe, he still resides. His parents, honest, sober, and industrious, were only able to give him that ordinary education, which, in this part of the United Kingdom, is generally within the reach of the poorest. His own genius and steady application supplied, in some degree, what fortune withheld. His parents indulged his taste for reading, for which he had, from his earliest years, discovered a particular fondness, and he himself carefully preserved the few pence, which he was then abie to earn by assisting the weavers in the village, till he found an opportunity of purchasing some of the cheap pamphlets, which are hawked about by pedlars. In the summer he was employed as a cow-herd; and the leisure of this humble occupation afforded him some opportunities of reading, which he carefully embraced. At the age of fourteen, he was put apprentice to a linen weaver in his native village, who, being a man of considerable knowledge, was useful to young Douglas in directing his studies. When this period had nearly expired, his master went to reside in Pathhead, near Kirkcaldy, whither Douglas accompanied him. After leaving Pathhead, he married; but the cares of a family did not interrupt his studies, for he continued the practice of reading, only at his regular intervals of leisure, and composed, or in his own language, “ spun his verses,” while he worked at his loom; and as he warmed with the progress of his song, his shuttle acquired a peculiar velocity, which more than overbalanced the loss of the short time that was necessary to commit the verses to a slate. In the year 1806, by the advice of some of his friends, he was induced to publish a volume of his poems, some of which possess considerable me. rit, and abound with humourous but exact descriptions of rustio manners and customs, which are now nearly worn out,
THE BROOM OF COWDENKNOWES.
My swain come o'er the hill!,
The broom of the Cowdenknowes! I wish I were wi' my dear swain,
Wi' his pipe and my ewes. I neither wanted ewe nor lamb,
While his flocks near me lay; He gather'd in my sheep at night, And cheer'd me a' the day.
0, the broom, 8c.
The birds stood list’ning by;
0, the broom, 8c. While thus we spent our time, by turns,
Betwixt our Aocks and play,
O, the broom, fc.
Gang heavily, and mourn,
0, the broom, fc.
Could I but faithfu' be?
0, the broom, &c.
My doggie, and my little kit,
That held my wee soup whey,
O, the broom, fc.
Fareweel a' pleasures there!
0, the broom, fc.
THE ROSY BRIER.
That blooms sae far frae haunt o' man; And bonnie she, and, ah! how dear!
It shaded frae the e'enin' sun.
Yon rosebuds in the morning dew,
How pure amang the leaves sae green; But purer was the lover's vow
They witness'd in their shade yestreen. All in its rude and prickly bower,
That crimson rose, how sweet and fair; But love is far a sweeter flower
Amid life's thorny path o' care.
The pathless wild, and wimplin burn,
Wi' Chloris in my arms, be mine; And I the world, nor wish, nor scorn,
Its joys and griefs alike resign.