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A Mile an' a Bittock
Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)

A mile an' a bittock, a mile or twa,
Abune the burn, ayont the law
Davie an' Donal' an' Cherlie an' a',
    An' the mune was shinin' clearly!
 
Ane went hame wi' the ither, an' then
The ither went hame wi' the ither twa men,
An' baith wad return him the service again,
    An' the mune was shinin' clearly!
 
The clocks were chappin' in house an' ha',
Eleeven, twal' an ane an' twa;
An' the guidman's face was turnt to the wa',
    An' the mune was shinin' clearly!
 
Noo, Davie was first to get sleep in his head,
"The best o' frien's maun twine," he said;
"I'm weariet, an' here I'm aea' to my bed,"
An' the mune was shinin' clearly!
 
Twa o' them walkin' an' crackin'  their lane,
The mornin' licht cam grey an' plain,
An' the birds they yammert on stick an' stane,
    An' the mune was shinin' clearly!
 
O years ayont, O years awa',
My lads, ye'll mind whate'er befa' -
My lads, ye'll mind on the beild o' the law,
When the mune was shinin' clearly.

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