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    As I Was A-Wand'ring

    by Robert Burns
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    Tune--"_Rinn Meudial mo Mhealladh._"

    [The original song in the Gaelic language was translated for Burns by
    an Inverness-shire lady; he turned it into verse, and sent it to the
    Museum.]

    I.

    As I was a-wand'ring ae midsummer e'enin',
    The pipers and youngsters were making their game;
    Amang them I spied my faithless fause lover,
    Which bled a' the wound o' my dolour again.
    Weel, since he has left me, may pleasure gae wi' him;
    I may be distress'd, but I winna complain;
    I flatter my fancy I may get anither,
    My heart it shall never be broken for ane.

    II.

    I could na get sleeping till dawin for greetin',
    The tears trickled down like the hail and the rain:
    Had I na got greetin', my heart wad a broken,
    For, oh! luve forsaken's a tormenting pain.

    III.

    Although he has left me for greed o' the siller,
    I dinna envy him the gains he can win;
    I rather wad bear a' the lade o' my sorrow
    Than ever hae acted sae faithless to him.
    Weel, since he has left me, may pleasure gae wi' him,
    I may be distress'd, but I winna complain;
    I flatter my fancy I may get anither,
    My heart it shall never be broken for ane.
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