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    by Robert Burns
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    [The heroine of this song is said to have been "Montgomery's Peggy."]

    Tune--"I had a horse, I had nae mair."


    Now westlin winds and slaughtering guns
    Bring autumn's pleasant weather;
    The moor-cock springs, on whirring wings,
    Amang the blooming heather:
    Now waving grain, wide o'er the plain,
    Delights the weary farmer;
    And the moon shines bright, when I rove at night
    To muse upon my charmer.


    The partridge loves the fruitful fells;
    The plover loves the mountains;
    The woodcock haunts the lonely dells;
    The soaring hern the fountains;
    Thro' lofty groves the cushat roves
    The path of man to shun it;
    The hazel bush o'erhangs the thrush,
    The spreading thorn the linnet.


    Thus ev'ry kind their pleasure find,
    The savage and the tender;
    Some social join, and leagues combine;
    Some solitary wander:
    Avaunt, away! the cruel sway,
    Tyrannic man's dominion;
    The sportsman's joy, the murd'ring cry,
    The flutt'ring, gory pinion.


    But Peggy, dear, the ev'ning's clear,
    Thick flies the skimming swallow;
    The sky is blue, the fields in view,
    All fading-green and yellow:
    Come, let us stray our gladsome way,
    And view the charms of nature;
    The rustling corn, the fruited thorn,
    And every happy creature.


    We'll gently walk, and sweetly talk,
    Till the silent moon shine clearly;
    I'll grasp thy waist, and, fondly prest,
    Swear how I love thee dearly:
    Not vernal show'rs to budding flow'rs,
    Not autumn to the farmer,
    So dear can be as thou to me,
    My fair, my lovely charmer!
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