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Poem by Carolina Oliphant, Lady Nairne


Huntingtower


WHEN ye gang awa, Jamie,
  When ye gang awa, laddie,
What will ye gie my heart to cheer,
  When ye are far awa, Jamie?

I ll gie ye a braw new gown, Jeanie,
  I ll gie ye a braw new gown, lassie,
An it will be a silken ane,
  Wi Valenciennes trimmed round, Jeanie.

O, that s nae luve at a, laddie,
  That s nae luve at a, Jamie,
How could I bear braw gowns to wear,
  When ye are far awa, laddie?

But mind me when awa, Jamie,
  Mind me when awa, laddie,
For out o sicht is out o mind	
  Wi mony folk we ken, Jamie.

O, that can never be, Jeanie,
  Forgot ye neer can be, lassie;
O, gang wi me to the north countrie,
  My bonnie bride to be, Jeanie.

The hills are grand and hie, Jeanie,
  The burnies runnin clear, lassie,
Mang birks and braes, where wild deer strays,
  O, come wi me, and see, lassie.

I winna gang wi thee, laddie,	
  I telld ye sae afore, Jamie;
Till free consent my parents gie,
  I canna gang wi thee, Jamie.

But when ye re wed to me, Jeanie,
  Then they will forgie, lassie;
How can ye be sae cauld to me,
  Wha s loed ye weel and lang, lassie.

No sae lang as them, laddie,
  No sae lang as them, Jamie;
A grief to them I wadna be,
  No for the Duke himsel, Jamie.

We ll save our penny fee, laddie,
  To keep frae poortith free, Jamie;
An then their blessing they will gie
  Baith to you and me, Jamie.

Huntingtower is mine, lassie,
  Huntingtower is mine, Jeanie;
Huntingtower an Blairnagower,
  An a that s mine is thine, Jeanie!



Carolina Oliphant, Lady Nairne


Carolina Oliphant, Lady Nairne's other poems:
  1. The Lass o Gowrie
  2. Cauld Kail in Aberdeen
  3. The Pentland Hills
  4. The Land o' the Leal
  5. Fell He on the Field of Fame


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