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Monday, 5 May 2014

Cavalier’s Song by Robert Bontine Cunninghame Graham of Gartmore

If doughty deeds my lady please
Right soon I’ll mount my steed;
And strong his arm, and fast his seat
That bears frae me the meed.

I’ll wear thy colours in my cap
Thy picture in my heart;
And he that bends not to thine eye
Shall rue it to his smart!
Then tell me how to woo thee, Love;
O tell me how to woo thee!
For thy dear sake, nae care I’ll take
Tho’ ne’er another trow me.
If gay attire delight thine eye
I’ll dight me in array;
I’ll tend thy chamber door all night,
And squire thee all the day.
If sweetest sounds can win thine ear,
These sounds I’ll strive to catch;
Thy voice I’ll steal to woo thysell,
That voice that nane can match.

But if fond love thy heart can gain,
I never broke a vow;
Nae maiden lays her skaith to me,
I never loved but you.
For you alone I ride the ring,
For you I wear the blue;
For you alone I strive to sing,
O tell me how to woo!
Then tell me how to woo thee, Love;
O tell me how to woo thee!
For thy dear sake, nae care I’ll take,
Tho’ ne’er another trow me.

From: http://www.bartleby.com/41/312.html

Date: 1801 (published)

By: Robert Bontine Cunninghame Graham of Gartmore (1735-1797)

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