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Duncan Gray

Scottish Poem By Robert Burns

Duncan Gray is a Scottish poem written by Robert Burns in 1792, for Thomson's collection.

The poem is about a chap called Duncan who is looking for love, around Christmas. He attempts to persuade Maggie but she doesn't seem to want to know.
Duncan really trys his best to impress Maggie but she is still not interested. He's distraught, so fed up with trying he tells her where to go.
Maggie swiftly changes her mind about Duncan. Playing hard to get didn't work, now she's lovesick.
Duncan forgives Maggie, asks her to marry and they settle down to married bliss.


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Duncan Gray
Ha! Ha! The Wooin' O' It

Duncan Gray By Robert Burns

Duncan Gray cam' here to woo,
Ha, ha, the wooing o't,
On blythe Yule nicht, when we were fou,
Ha, ha, the wooing o't;
Maggie cuist her head fu' heich,
Look'd asklant, and unco skeigh,
Gart puir Duncan stand abeigh-
Ha, ha, the wooing o't.

Duncan fleech'd, and Duncan pray'd,
Ha, ha, the wooing o't;
Meg was deaf as Ailsa Craig,
Ha, ha, the wooing o't.
Duncan sigh'd baith out and in,
Grat his een baith bleert and blin',
Spak' o' louping ower a linn-
Ha, ha, the wooing o't.

Time and chance are but a tide,
Ha, ha, the wooing o't,
Slichtit love is sair to bide,
Ha, ha, the wooing o't;
Shall I, like a fool, quoth he,
For a hauchty hizzy dee?
She may gae to-France, for me!
Ha, ha, the wooing o't.

How it comes, let doctors tell,
Ha, ha, the wooing o't,
Meg grew sick-as he grew well,
Ha, ha, the wooing o't;
Something in her bosom wrings,
For relief a sigh she brings;
And O, her een, they spak' sic things!
Ha, ha, the wooing o't.

Duncan was a lad o' grace,
Ha, ha, the wooing o't,
Maggie's was a piteous case,
Ha, ha, the wooing o't.
Duncan couldna be her death,
Swelling pity smoor'd his wrath,
Now they're crouse and cantie baith;
Ha, ha, the wooing o't.


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Robert Burns Portrait Painting Image
Robert Burns
"Portrait Of Burns" Alexander Nasmyth (1758–1840), c. 1787


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