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Saw Ye Bonie Lesley

TUNE: The collier's bonie lassie
(The collier's lovely girl)

 

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Standard English Translation



Saw Ye Bonie Lesley

1.
O, saw ye bonie Lesley,
As she gaed o'er the Border?
She's gane, like Alexander,
To spread her conquests farther!
2.
To see her is to love her,
And love but her for ever;
For Nature made her what she is,
And never made anither!
3.
Thou art a queen, fair Lesley -
Thy subjects, we before thee!
Thou art divine, fair Lesley -
The hearts o' men adore thee.
4.
The Deil he could na skaith thee,
Or aught that wad belang thee:
He'd look into thy bonie face,
And say:- ' I canna wrang thee!'
5.
The Powers aboon will tent thee,
Misfortune sha'na steer thee:
Thou'rt like themsel' sae lovely,
That ill they'll ne'er let near thee.
6.
Return again, fair Lesley,
Return to Caledonie!
That we may brag we hae a lass
There's nane again sae bonie.



Saw You Lovely Lesley


O, saw you lovely Lesley,
As she went over the Border?
She has gone, like Alexander,
To spread her conquests further!

To see her is to love her,
And love but her for ever;
For Nature made her what she is,
And never made another!

You are a queen, fair Lesley -
Your subjects, we before you!
You are divine, fair Lesley -
The hearts of men adore you.

The Devil he could not harm you,
Or anything that would belong you:
He would look into your lovely face,
And say:- ' I cannot wrong you!'

The Powers above will guard you,
Misfortune shall not meddle you:
You are like themselves so lovely,
That ill they will never let near you.

Return again, fair Lesley,
Return to Caledonia!
That we may brag we have a girl
There is none again so lovley.

 

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