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The Flowers O The Forest

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  1. I've heard them liltin' at oor yowe milkin',
    Lasses a' liltin', before dawn o day;
    Noo there's a moanin', in ilka green loanin';
    The Flow'rs o' the Forest are a' wede away.
  2. At buchts in the mornin' nae blythe lads are scornin',
    Lasses are lanely and dowie, and wae;
    Nae daffin', nae gabbin', but sighin' and sabbin';
    Ilk ane lifts her leglin, and hies her away.
  3. At e'en in the gloamin', nae swankies are roamin',
    'Bout staoks wi' the lasses at bogle to play;
    But ilk ane sits drearie, lamentin' her dearie,
    The Flow'rs o the Forest are a' wede away.
  4. We hae nae mair liltin', at oor yowe milkin',
    Women and bairns are heartless and wae;
    Sighin' and moanin' on ilka green loanin',
    The Flow'rs o the Forest are a' wede away.

From the collection Songs From Hazzards Huzzah