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

The Ewe-Buchtin’s Bonnie

Lady Grisel Baillie (1665–1746)

THE EWE-BUCHTIN’S bonnie, baith e’enin’ and morn,

When our blithe shepherds play on the bog-reed and horn;

While we’re milking, they’re lilting, baith pleasant and clear;

But my heart’s like to break when I think on my dear.

O the shepherds take pleasure to blow on the horn,

To raise up their flocks o’ sheep soon i’ the morn;

On the bonnie green banks they feed pleasant and free,

But alas, my dear heart, all my sighing’s for thee!