Ye Flowery Banks (Bonie Doon)

By Robert Burns 1759–1796 Robert Burns
Ye flowery banks o' bonie Doon,
         How can ye blume sae fair?
How can ye chant, ye little birds,
         And I sae fu' o' care?

Thou'll break my heart, thou bonie bird,
         That sings upon the bough;
Thou minds me o' the happy days,
         When my fause love was true.

Thou'll break my heart, thou bonie bird,
         That sings beside thy mate;
For sae I sat, and sae I sang,
         And wist na o' my fate.

Aft hae I rov'd by bonie Doon
         To see the wood-bine twine,
And ilka bird sang o' its luve,
         And sae did I o' mine.

Wi' lightsome heart I pu'd a rose
         Frae aff its thorny tree;
And my fause luver staw my rose
         But left the thorn wi' me.

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Poet Robert Burns 1759–1796

POET’S REGION Scotland

SCHOOL / PERIOD Romantic

Subjects Living, Love, Separation & Divorce, Nature, Relationships, Sorrow & Grieving, Romantic Love, Break-ups & Vexed Love, Heartache & Loss, Realistic & Complicated

Poetic Terms Common Measure, Ballad

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Born on 25 January 1759 in Alloway, Scotland, to William and Agnes Brown Burnes, Robert Burns followed his father's example by becoming a tenant farmer. Unlike William Burnes, however, Burns was able to escape the vicissitudes and vagaries of the soil in two ways: toward the end of his life he became an excise collector in Dumfries, where he died in 1796; and throughout his life he was a practicing poet. As a poet he recorded . . .

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SUBJECT Living, Love, Separation & Divorce, Nature, Relationships, Sorrow & Grieving, Romantic Love, Break-ups & Vexed Love, Heartache & Loss, Realistic & Complicated

POET’S REGION Scotland

SCHOOL / PERIOD Romantic

Poetic Terms Common Measure, Ballad

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