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1. Song—Handsome Nell

Written by: Robert Burns | Biography
 | Quotes (31) |
 O ONCE I lov’d a bonie lass,
 Ay, and I love her still;
And whilst that virtue warms my breast,
 I’ll love my handsome Nell.

As bonie lasses I hae seen,
 And mony full as braw;
But, for a modest gracefu’ mein,
 The like I never saw.

A bonie lass, I will confess,
 Is pleasant to the e’e;
But, without some better qualities,
 She’s no a lass for me.

But Nelly’s looks are blythe and sweet,
 And what is best of a’,
Her reputation is complete,
 And fair without a flaw.

She dresses aye sae clean and neat,
 Both decent and genteel;
And then there’s something in her gait
 Gars ony dress look weel.

A gaudy dress and gentle air
 May slightly touch the heart;
But it’s innocence and modesty
 That polishes the dart.

’Tis this in Nelly pleases me,
 ’Tis this enchants my soul;
For absolutely in my breast
 She reigns without control.

 Note 1. The first of my performances.—R. B. [back]