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Meg O' The Mill
SECOND SET

 

Burns Original

Standard English Translation

Meg O' The Mill
SECOND SET

TUNE: O bonie lass, will ye lie in a barrack?
(O lovely girl, will you lie in a barrack?)
1.
O, ken ye what Meg o' the mill has gotten?
An' ken ye what Meg o' the mill has gotten?
She's gotten a coof wi' a claute o' siller,
And broken the heart o' the barley miller!
2.
The miller was strappin, the miller was ruddy,
A heart like a lord, and a hue like a lady.
The laird was widdefu', bleerit knurl -
She's left the guid fellow, and taen the churl!
3.
The miller, he hecht her a heart leal and loving.
The laird did address her wi' matter more moving:
A fine pacing-horse wi' a clear, chained bridle,
A whip by her side, and a bonie side saddle!
4.
O, woe on the siller - it is sae prevailing!
And woe on the love that is fixed on a mailen!
A tocher's nae word in a true lover's parl,
But gie me my love and a fig for the warl!

Meg Of The Mill





O, know you what Meg of the mill has gotten?
And know you what Meg of the mill has gotten?
She has gotten a dolt with a hoard of silver (money),
And broken the heart of the barley miller!

The miller was strapping, the miller was ruddy,
A heart like a lord, and a hue like a lady.
The laird was gallows-worthy, bleary eyed dwarf -
She has left the good fellow, and taken the churl!

The miller, he offered her a heart loyal and loving.
The laird did address her with matter more moving:
A fine pacing-horse with a clear, chained bridle,
A whip by her side, and a lovely side saddle!

O, woe on the silver (money) - it is so potent!
And woe on the love that is fixed on a farm!
A dowry is no word in a true lover's speech,
But give me my love and a no consequence for the world!

 

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