Annie Laurie

Lyrics

(Melody by Lady John Scott, Lyrics by William Douglas)

Maxwelton’s braes are bonnie,
Where early fa’s the dew,
And ’twas there that Annie Laurie
Gave me her promise true.
Gave me her promise true –
Which ne’er forgot will be,
And for bonnie Annie Laurie
I’d lay me down and dee.

Her brow is like the snaw-drift,
Her neck is like the swan,
Her face it is the fairest,
That ‘er the sun shone on.
That ‘er the sun shone on –
And dark blue is her e’e,
And for bonnie Annie Laurie
I’d lay me down and dee.

Like dew on gowans lying,
Is the fa’ o’ her fairy feet,
And like winds, in simmer sighing,
Her voice is low and sweet.
Her voice is low and sweet –
And she’s a’ the world to me;
And for bonnie Annie Laurie
I’d lay me down and dee.

Translation

braes = sloping banks of a river or sea-shore; hill-slopes
bonnie = pretty
fa’s = falls
dee = die
snaw = snow
e’e = eye
gowans = daisies
o = of
simmer = summer
a = all
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