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1. Song—Handsome Nell

 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.

by Robert Burns
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