Familiar Songs - Their Authors & Histories

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Here are some stanzas which were found among Bums' papers, after his death. They are evidently the first form of " Bonnie Doon":
Ye flowery banks o' bonnie Doon,
How can ye bloom sae fair ? How can ye chant, ye little birds,
And I sae f u' o' care ?
Thou'lt break my heart, thou bonnie bird,
That sings upon the bough ; Thou mindst me o' the happy days
When my fause love was true.
Thou'lt break my heart, thou bonnie bird, That sings beside thy mate;
For sae I sat, and sae I sang, And wist nae o' my fate.
Aft hae I roved by bonnie Doon, To see the woodbine twine;
And ilka bird sang o' its love, And sae did I o' mine.
Wi' lightsome heart I pu'd a rose, Frae aff its thorny tree;
And my fause lover staw the rose, But left the thorn wi' me.
The heroine of "Bonnie Doon" was Miss Kennedy, of Dalgarrock, whose false lover was one M'Dougal, of Logan.