Robert Burns’ “Banks o’ Bonie Doon”

Robert Burns’ ‘Banks O’ Bonie Doon’

I earlier had posted about Holly Tomas and her lovely rendition of Robert Burns’ ‘Banks o’ Bonie Doon.’  I just now finished this woodblock cut of Burns, handprinted it out, and used it to illustrate his song.  A copy can be obtained at PoeticExpressions.


            BANKS O’ DOON
                Robert Burns

Ye banks and braes o’ bonie Doon
How can ye bloom sae fresh and fair?
How can ye chant, ye little birds,
And I sae weary, fu’ o’ care.
Thou’ll break my heart, thou warbling bird,
That wanton thro’ the flowery thorn:
Thou minds me o’ departed joys,
Departed, never to return.

Aft hae I rov’d by Bonie Doon,
To see the rose and woodbine twine:
And ilka bird sang o’ its love,
And fondly sae did I o’ mine.
Wi’ lightsome heart I pu’d a rose
Fu’ sweet upon its thorny tree!
But my fause luver staw my rose,
And ah! he left the thorn wi’ me.

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A 19th-century romantic poet trying to get by in the 21st-century.
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