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Scottish Love Poems by Robert Burns

Treat your Valentine to a romantic love poem by Scotland's national poet Robert Burns, along with a dozen red roses, and your lass will give you her heart forever.

Burns wrote some of the greatest love poems of all time. Here is a selection of some of his most famous love poems, including the Scottish favorite My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose.

My Luve

O my luve is like a red, red rose,
That's newly sprung in June:
O my luve is like the melodie,
That's sweetly played in tune.

As fair art thou, my bonie lass,
So deep in luve am I;
And I will luve thee still, my dear,
Till a' the seas gang dry.

Till a' the seas gang dry, my dear,
And the rocks melt wi' the sun;
And I will luve thee still my dear,
While the sands o' life shall run.

And fare thee weel, my only luve!
And fare thee weel a while!
And I will come again, my luve,
Tho' it were ten thousand mile.

Jean

Of a' the airts the wind can blaw,
I dearly like the west,
For there the bonie lassie lives,
The lassie I lo've best:
There's wild woods grow, and rivers row,
And mony a hill between;
But day and night my fancy's flight
Is ever wi' my Jean.

I see her in the dewy flowers,
I see her sweet and fair:
I hear her in the tunefu' birds,
I hear her charm the air:
There's not a bonie flower that springs
By fountain, shaw, or green,
There's not a bonie bird that sings,
But minds me o' my Jean.

O Wert Thou in the Cauld Blast

O wert thou in the cauld blast,
On yonder lea, on yonder lea,
My plaidie to the aingry airt,
I'd shelter thee, I'd shelter thee.
Or did misfortune's bitter storms
Around thee blaw, around thee blaw,
The bield* should be my bosom,
To share it a', to share it a'.

Or were I in the wildest waste,
Sae black and bare, sae black and bare,
The desert were a Paradise,
If thou wert there, if thou wert there;
Or were I monarch o' the globe,
Wi' thee to reign, wi' thee to reign,
The brightest jewel in my crown
Wad be my queen, wad be my queen!

*bield = shelter, protection

The Banks Of Bonnie Doon

Ye flowery banks o' bonnie Doon,
How can ye blume sae fair!
How can ye chant, ye little birds,
And I sae fu' o' care!

Thou'll break my heart, thou bonnie bird
That sings upon the bough;
Thou minds me o' the happy days
When my fause* Luve was true.

Thou'll break my heart, thou bonnie bird
That sings beside thy mate;
For sae I sat, and sae I sang,
And wist na 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 luver staw* the rose,
But left the thorn wi' me.

*fause = false, ilka = every, staw = stole

Here's a good one for a Scottish marriage proposal:

Love For Love

Ithers seek they ken na what,
Features, carriage, and a' that;
Gie me love in her I court,
Love to love makes a' the sport.

Let love sparkle in her e'e;
Let her lo'e nae man but me;
That's the tocher-gude* I prize,
There the luver's treasure lies.

*tocher-gude = marriage portion



Scottish Love Poems: A Personal Anthology
Scottish Love Poems: A Personal Anthology

By Antonia Fraser
Wonderful selection of love poetry by a variety of Scots poets

A Red, Red Rose. The Love Poems of Robert Burns in Original Scots and Modern English
A Red, Red Rose. The Love Poems of Robert Burns in Original Scots and Modern English

By Derek Scott
Side by side renditions in Burns' original Scots dialect and modern English

The 100 Best Love Poems of All Time
The 100 Best Love Poems of All Time

By Leslie Pockell
Sure to speak to your love's heart

Handfast: Scottish Poems for Weddings and Affirmations
Handfast: Scottish Poems for Weddings and Affirmations

By Lizzie MacGregor
Beautiful love poems that can be read aloud in front of an audience or congregation

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