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Wha Is That At My Bower Door?
TUNE: Lass an' I come near thee

 

Burns Original

Standard English Translation

 

Wha Is That At My Bower Door?
TUNE: Lass an' I come near thee

1.
' Wha is that at my bower door?'
' O, wha is it but Findlay!'
' Then gae your gate, ye'se nae be here.'
' Indeed maun I!' quo' Findlay.
' What mak ye , sae like a thief?'
' O, come and see!' quo' Findlay.
' Before the morn ye'll work mischief?'
' Indeed will I!' quo' Findlay.
2.
' Gif I rise and let you in ' -
' Let me in!' quo' Findlay -
' Ye'll keep me wauken wi' your din?'
' Indeed will I!' quo' Findlay,
' In my bower if ye should stay ' -
' Let me stay!' quo' Findlay -
' I fear ye'll bide till break o' day?'
' Indeed will I!' quo' Findlay,
3.
' Here this night if ye remain ' -
' I'll remain!' quo' Findlay -
' I dread ye'll learn the gate again?'
' Indeed will I!' quo' Findlay.
' What may pass within this bower '
(' Let it pass!' quo' Findlay!)
' Ye maun conceal till your last hour ' -
' Indeed will I!' quo' Findlay,

 

Who Is That At My Bower Door?
(Girl and I come near you)

' Who is that at my bower door?'
' O, who is it but Findlay!'
' Then g your way, you should not be here.'
' Indeed must I!' said Findlay.
' What makes you , so like a thief?'
' O, come and see!' said Findlay.
' Before the morning you will work mischief?'
' Indeed will I!' said Findlay.

' If I rise and let you in ' -
' Let me in!' said Findlay -
' You will keep me awake with your din?'
' Indeed will I!' said Findlay,
' In my bower if you should stay ' -
' Let me stay!' said Findlay -
' I am afraid you will stay till the break of day?'
' Indeed will I!' said Findlay,

' Here this night if you remain ' -
' I'll remain!' said Findlay -
' I dread you will learn the way again?'
' Indeed will I!' said Findlay.
' What may pass within this bower '
(' Let it pass!' said Findlay!)
' You must conceal till your last hour ' -
' Indeed will I!' said Findlay,

 

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