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18 Songs That Every Child Should Know
" Yet this I patient see While all are shunned like me."
" No nymph my heart can wound If favor she divide, And smiles on all around, Unwilling to decide; "
" I 'd rather hatred bear Than love with others share."
Burns told a story of the origin of the air, which may or may not have been true, but certainly it was picturesque. He related how the composer who is accredited with the air expressed a desire to be the author of a Scot's tune. The composer was speaking with Clarke, who was a friend of Burns. Clarke facetiously told the composer to keep to the black keys and to preserve some kind of rhythm, and the result would necessarily be a Scot's air. Presumably, the composer followed instructions, since a few days later he turned out The Caledonian Hunt's Delight, — the melody to which Burns wrote these words.