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I'm O'er Young To Marry Yet

Scottish Song By Robert Burns

I'm O'er Young To Marry Yet is a Scottish poem written by Robert Burns in 1788 and sung to the 1700s tune I'm O'er Young To Marry Yet.

This is an old song, dressed up a little by Burns for Johnson's Museum. "The tune," says Mr. Stenhouse, "is evidently the progenitor of that fine modern strathspey, called 'Loch Erroch Side.'"

The version shown below is from The Book Of Scottish Song (1843) edited by Alexander Whitelaw.


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I'm O'er Young To Marry Yet By Robert Burns

I am my mammy's ae bairn,
Wi' unco folk I weary, sir;
And lying in a man's bed,
I'm fley'd wad mak' me eerie, sir.

Chorus
I'm o'er young to marry yet;
I'm o'er young to marry yet;
I'm o'er young-'twad be a sin
To tak' me frae my mammy yet.

My mammy coft me a new gown,
The kirk maun ha'e the gracing o't;
Were I to lie wi' you, kind sir,
I'm fear'd ye'd spoil the lacing o't.

Chorus

Hallowmas is come and gane,
The nights are lang in winter, sir;
An' you an' I, in ae bed,
In trouth I dare na venture, sir.

Chorus

Fu' loud and shrill the frosty wind,
Blaws thro' the leafless timmer, sir,
But if ye come this gate again,
I'll aulder be gin simmer, sir.

Chorus


I'm O'er Young To Marry Yet Song Video

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I'm O'er Young Poem Image
I'm O'er Young To Marry Yet, From The Book Of Scottish Song, Paqe 123, c. 1843


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