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    Duncan Gray

    by Robert Burns
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    Tune--"_Duncan Gray._"

    [The original Duncan Gray, out of which the present strain was
    extracted for Johnson, had no right to be called a lad of grace:
    another version, and in a happier mood, was written for Thomson.]


    Weary fa' you, Duncan Gray--
    Ha, ha, the girdin o't!
    Wae gae by you, Duncan Gray--
    Ha, ha, the girdin o't!
    When a' the lave gae to their play,
    Then I maun sit the lee lang day,
    And jog the cradle wi' my tae,
    And a' for the girdin o't!


    Bonnie was the Lammas moon--
    Ha, ha, the girdin o't!
    Glowrin' a' the hills aboon--
    Ha, ha, the girdin o't!
    The girdin brak, the beast cam down,
    I tint my curch, and baith my shoon;
    Ah! Duncan, ye're an unco loon--
    Wae on the bad girdin o't!


    But, Duncan, gin ye'll keep your aith--
    Ha, ha, the girdin o't!
    I'se bless you wi' my hindmost breath--
    Ha, ha, the girdin o't!
    Duncan, gin ye'll keep your aith,
    The beast again can bear us baith,
    And auld Mess John will mend the skaith,
    And clout the bad girdin o't.
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