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168             TONE-POETRY OF ROBERT BURNS
No. 188. My heart is a-breaking, dear Tittie.
Tune : Tam Glen Scots Musical Museum, 1790, No. 296.
My heart is a-breaking, dear Tittie, Some counsel unto me come len':
To anger them a' is a pity, > But what will I do wi' Tam Glen?
I'm thinking, wi' sic a braw fellow In poortith I might mak a fen':
What care I in riches to wallow, If I mauna marry Tam Glen?
There's Lowrie the Laird o' Dummeller;
* Guid day to you ';—brute ! he comes ben : He brags and he blaws o' his siller,
But when will he dance like Tam Glen?
My minnie does constantly deave me, And bids me beware o' young men :
They flatter, she says, to deceive me : But wha can think sae o' Tam Glen?
My daddie says, gin I'll forsake him, I He'd gie me guid hunder marks ten: I But if it's ordain'd I maun take him, O, wha will I get but Tam Glen?
Yestreen at the valentines' dealing, My heart to my mou' gied a sten,
For thrice I drew ane without failing, And thrice it was written—Tam Glen '!
The last Hallowe'en I was waukin My droukit sark-sleeve, as ye ken;
His likeness came up the house staukin, And the very grey breeks o' Tam Glen 1
Come, counsel, dear Tittie, don't tarry! I'll gie ye my bonny black hen, I Gif ye will advise me to marry
The lad I lo'e dearly—Tam Glen.






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