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As I Cam Down By Yon Castle Wa'

 

 

Burns Original

Standard English Translation

As I Cam Down By Yon Castle Wa'

1.
As I cam down by yon castle wa',
And in by yon garden green,
O, there I spied a bonie, bonie lass,
But the flower-borders were us between.
2.
A bonie, bonie lassie she was,
As ever mine eyes did see:
'O, five hundred pounds would I give,
For to have such a pretty bride as thee.'
3.
'To have such a pretty bride as me,
Young man ye are sairly mistaen;
Tho' ye were king o' fair Scotland,
I wad disdain to be your queen.'
4.
'Talk not so very high, bonie lass,
O talk not so very, very high:
The man at the fair that wad sell,
He maun learn at the man that wad buy.'
5.
'I trust to climb a far higher tree,
And herry a far richer nest:
Tak this advice o' me bonie lass,
Humility wad set thee best.'

As I Came Down By Yon Castle Wall


As I came down by yon castle wall,
And in by yon garden green,
O, there I spied a lovely, lovely lass,
But the flower borders were us between.

A lovely, lovely girl she was,
As ever my eyes did see:
'O, five hundred pounds would I give,
For to have such a pretty bride as you.'

'To have such a pretty bride as me,
Young man you are sorely mistaken;
Though you were king of fair Scotland,
I would disdain to be your queen.'

'Talk not so very high, lovely girl,
O talk not so very, very high:
The man at the fair that would sell,
He must learn at the man that would buy.'

'I trust to climb a far higher tree,
And rob a far richer nest:
Take this advice of me lovely girl,
Humility would set you best.'

 

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