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Robert Burns


My Harry was a gallant gay,
    Fu' stately strade he on the plain;
But now he's banish'd far away,
    I'll never see him back again.
Chorus :
O for him back again!
    O for him back again!
I wad gie a' Knockhaspie's land
    For Highland Harry back again.
When a' the lave gae to their bed,
    I wander dowie up the glen;
I set me down and greet my fill,
    And aye I wish him back again.
O were some villains hangit high,
    And ilka body had their ain!
Then I might see the joyfu' sight,
    My Highland Harry back again.
Footnote : To celebrate the anniversary of the publication of 'The Kilmarnock Edition' (31 July 1780) a song from our National Bard, Robert Burns. He wrote in his MS - 'The oldest title I ever heard to this air was 'The Highland Watch's Farewell to Ireland'. The chorus I picked up from an old woman in Dunblane, the rest of the song is mine.' A part of Mossgiel farm was called Knockhaspie.


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