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Fairest Maid On Devon Banks
TUNE: Rothiemurchie's Rant

 

Burns Original

Standard English Translation

Chorus
Fairest maid on Devon banks,
Crystal Devon, winding Devon,
Wilt thou lay that frown aside,
And smile as thou wert wont to do?
1.
Full well thou know'st I love thee dear -
Couldst thou to malice lend an ear!
O, did not Love exclaim:- ' Forbear,
Nor use a faithful lover so!'
2.
Then come, thou fairest of the fair,
Those wonted smiles, O, let me share,
And by thy beauteous self I swear
No love but thine my heart shall know!

Chorus
Fairest maid on Devon banks,
Crystal Devon, winding Devon,
Will you lay that frown aside,
And smile as you were accustomed to do?

Full well you know I love you dear -
Could you to malice lend an ear!
O, did not Love exclaim:- ' Forbear (be patient),
Nor use a faithful lover so!'

Then come, you fairest of the fair,
Those wonted (accustomed) smiles, O, let me share,
And by your beauteous self I swear
No love but yours my heart shall know!

 

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