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MY BONNIE MARY
Robert Burns
 

 
                            Go fetch to me a pint o' wine,
                            And fill it in a silver tassie,
                            That I may drink, before I go,
                            A service to my bonnie lassie;
                            The boat rocks at the Pier o' Leith,
                            Fu' loud the wind blaws frae the Ferry,
                            The ship rides by the Berwick Law,
                            And I maun leave my bonnie Mary.
 
                            The trumpets sound, the banners fly,
                            The glittering spears are ranked and ready,
                            The shouts o' war are heard afar,
                            The battle closes deep and bloody:
                             It's not the roar o' sea or shore
                             Wad make me langer wish to tarry;
                             Nor shouts o' war that's heard afar,
                             It's leaving thee, my bonnie Mary!
 
Footnote : On 17 December 1788 Robert Burns transcribed a copy of this song to Mrs Dunlop along with his immortal song Auld Lang Syne. The poet claimed to have written all the song apart from the first four lines.
 

 


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