The Flowers o’ the Forest

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I’ve heard them liltin’ at the ewe milking
Lassies are liltin’ before dawn o’ day
Now there’s a moanin’ on ilka green loanin’
The Flow’rs o’ the Forest are a’ wede awa’

At baughts in the morning, nae blythe lads are scornin’
Lassies are lanely and dowie and wae
Nae daffin’, nae gabbin’, but sighin’ and sabbin’
Ilk ane lifts her leglin, and hies her awa’

At e’en in the gloamin’, nae swankies are roamin’
‘Bout stacks wi’ the lasses at bogle to play
But ilk maid sits drearie, lamentin’ her dearie
The Flow’rs o’ the Forest are a’ wede awa’

In har’st at the shearin’, nae youths now are jeerin’
Bandsters are runkled, an’ lyart, or grey
At fair or at preachin’, nae wooin’, nae fleechin’
The Flow’rs o’ the Forest are a’ wede awa’

Dool for the order sent our lads to the Border
The English, for ance, by guile, won the day
The Flow’rs o’ the Forest that fought aye the foremost
The prime o’ our land lie cauld i’ the clay

We’ll hae nae mair liltin’ at the ewe-milkin’
Women an’ bairns are heartless an’ wae
Sighin’ an’ moanin’ on ilka green loanin’
The Flow’rs o’ the Forest are a’ wede awa’

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