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Children's Songs and Ballads - The Wren's Nest

To students of Burns it will ever be of prime interest from the fact that its air, as played by Miss Jessie Lewars to the poet only a few days before his death, supplied the hint for his most tender and touching lyric, "O Wert thou in the Cauld Blast.'' Herd prints it thus:


The wren scho Iyes in care's bed,
In care's bed, in care's bed"
The wren scho Iyes in care's bed,
Wi' meikle dule and pyne, O.

When in cam' Robin Redbreist,
Redbreist, Redbreist:
When in cam' Robin Redbreist,
Wi' succar-saps and wine, O.

Now, maiden, wilI ye taste o' this,
Taste o' this, taste o' this
Now, maiden, will ye taste o' this,
It's succar saps and wine. O?

Na, ne'er a drap, Robin,
Robin, Robin:
Na, ne'er a drap, Robin,
Though it were ne'er sae fine, O.

And where's the ring that I gied ye,
That I gied ye, that I gied ye:
And where's the ring that I gied ye,
Ye little cutty-quean, O?

I gied it till an ox-ee.
An ox-ee, an ox-ee
I died it till an ox-ee,
A true sweetheart o' mine, O.

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