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The Birks Of Aberfeldy

Scottish Song By Robert Burns

The Birks Of Aberfeldy is a Scottish song written by Robert Burns in 1787 and sung to the tune The Birks Of Abergeldie.

The Birks Of Abergeldie is the Scottish melody, first recorded in manuscript in 1694. The first verse of this older song formed the chorus of the song, The Birks Of Aberfeldy, written while Burns was on a highland tour, standing by the Falls of Moness and the birch trees of Aberfeldy, Perthshire, during a tour of the Scottish Highlands with his friend William Nicol.

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The Birks Of Abergeldie

The Birks Of Aberfeldy By Robert Burns

Bonie lassie, will ye go,
Will ye go, will ye go?
Bonie lassie, will ye go
To the birks of Aberfeldy.

Now Simmer blinks on flow'ry braes,
And o'er the crystal streamlets plays;
Come let us spend the lightsome days
In the birks of Aberfeldy.


The little birdies blythely sing,
While o'er their heads the hazels hing;
Or lightly flit on wanton wing
In the birks of Aberfeldy.


The braes ascend like lofty wa's,
The foaming stream deep-roaring fa's,
O'er hung wi' fragrant spreading shaws,
The birks of Aberfeldy.


The hoary cliffs are crown'd wi' flowers,
White o'er the linns the burnie pours,
And rising, weets wi' misty showers
The birks of Aberfeldy.


Let Fortune's gifts at random flee,
They ne'er shall draw a wish frae me;
Supremely blest wi' love and thee
In the birks of Aberfeldy.


The Birks Of Aberfeldy Song Video

The Birks Of Aberfeldy Song - Information Video

The Birks Of Aberfeldy - YouTube Video
Filmed By Ken Bryce Morrison.
Music By The Edinburgh University Renaissance Singers.

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