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The Banks O'Doon

Scottish Poem By Robert Burns

The Banks O' Doon (also known as Ye Banks and Braes, after the opening line of the third version) is a Scottish poem written by Robert Burns in 1791.

There is also a Scottish country dance called The Banks O'Doon.


Banks O'Doon By Robert Burns, First, Second And Third Versions

First VersionSecond VersionThird Version
Sweet are the banks - the banks o' Doon,Ye flowery banks o' bonnie Doon,Ye banks and braes o' bonnie Doon,
The spreading flowers are fair,How can ye bloom sae fair;How can ye bloom sae fresh and fair;
And everything is blythe and glad,How can ye chant, ye little birds,How can ye chant, ye little birds,
But I am fu' o' care.And I sae fu' o' care!And I sae weary, fu' o' care!

Thou'll break my heart, thou bonie bird,Thou'll break my heart, thou bonie bird,Thou'lt break my heart, thou warbling bird,
That sings upon the bough;That sings upon the bough!That wantons thro' the flowering thorn:
Thou minds me o' the happy daysThou minds me o' the happy daysThou minds me o' departed joys,
When my fause Luve was true:When my fause Luve was true.Departed - never to return!

Thou'll break my heart, thou bonie bird,Thou'll break my heart, thou bonie bird,Thou'll break my heart, thou warbling bird,
That sings beside thy mate;That sings beside thy mate;That wantons thro' the flowering thorn:
For sae I sat, and sae I sang,For sae I sat, and sae I sang,Thou minds me o' departed joys,
And wist na o' my fate.And wist na o' my fate.Departed never to return.

Aft hae I rov'd by bonie Doon,Aft hae I rov'd by bonie Doon,Aft hae I rov'd by Bonie Doon,
To see the woodbine twine;To see the woodbine twine;To see the rose and woodbine twine:
And ilka birds sang o' its Luve,And ilka bird sang o' its Luve,And ilka bird sang o' its Luve,
And sae did I o' mine:And sae did I o' mine.And fondly sae did I o' mine;.

Wi' lightsome heart I pu'd a rose,Wi' lightsome heart I pu'd a rose,Wi' lightsome heart I pu'd a rose,
Upon its thorny tree;Upon its thorny tree;Fu' sweet upon its thorny tree!
But my fause Luver staw my roseBut my fause Luver staw my rose,And may fause Luver staw my rose,
And left the thorn wi' me:And left the thorn wi' me.But ah! She left the thorn wi' me.

Wi' lightsome heart I pu'd a rose,Wi' lightsome heart I pu'd a rose,
Upon a morn in June;Upon a morn in June;
And sae I flourished on the morn,And sae I flourished on the morn,
And sae was pu'd or noon!And sae was pu'd or noon.

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