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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed. The Book of Georgian Verse. 1909.

Oh! Dinna Ask Me Gin I Lo’e Thee

John Dunlop (1755–1820)

OH! dinna ask me gin I lo’e thee,—

Troth, I dar’na tell:

Dinna ask me gin I lo’e ye—

Ask it o’ yoursel’.

Oh! dinna look sae sair at me,

For weel ye ken me true:

Oh, gin ye look sae sair at me,

I dar’na look at you!

When ye gang to yon braw, braw toun,

And bonnier lassies see,

Oh, dinna, Jamie, look at them,

Lest you should mind na me!

For I could never bide the lass

That ye’d lo’e mair than me;

And oh, I’m sure my heart would break

Gin ye’d prove false to me!