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    Willie Brew'd

    by Robert Burns
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    Tune--"_Willie brew'd a peck o' maut._"

    [The scene of this song is Laggan, in Nithsdale, a small estate which
    Nicol bought by the advice of the poet. It was composed in memory of
    the house-heating. "We had such a joyous meeting," says Burns, "that
    Masterton and I agreed, each in our own way, to celebrate the
    business." The Willie who made the browst was, therefore, William
    Nicol; the Allan who composed the air, Allan Masterton; and he who
    wrote this choicest of convivial songs, Robert Burns.]

    I.

    O, Willie brew'd a peck o' maut,
    And Rob and Allan came to see:
    Three blither hearts, that lee-lang night
    Ye wad na find in Christendie.
    We are na fou, we're no that fou,
    But just a drappie in our e'e;
    The cock may craw, the day may daw,
    And aye we'll taste the barley bree.

    II.

    Here are we met, three merry boys,
    Three merry boys, I trow, are we;
    And mony a night we've merry been,
    And mony mae we hope to be!

    III.

    It is the moon--I ken her horn,
    That's blinkin in the lift sae hie;
    She shines sae bright to wyle us hame,
    But, by my sooth, she'll wait a wee!

    IV.

    Wha first shall rise to gang awa',
    A cuckold, coward loon is he!
    Wha last beside his chair shall fa',
    He is the king amang us three!
    We are na fou, we're no that fou,
    But just a drappie in our e'e;
    The cock may craw, the day may daw,
    And aye we'll taste the barley bree.
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