Highland Mary Poem Rhyme Scheme and Analysis


Ye banks and braes and streams aroundA
The castle o' MontgomeryB
Green be your woods and fair your flowersC
Your waters never drumlieD
There simmer first unfauld her robesE
And there the langest tarryB
For there I took the last fareweelD
O' my sweet Highland MaryB
How sweetly bloomed the gay green birkF
How rich the hawthorn's blossomG
As underneath their fragrant shadeH
I clasped her to my bosomG
The golden hours on angel wingsI
Flew o'er me and my dearieB
For dear to me as light and lifeJ
Was my sweet Highland MaryB
Wi' mony a vow and locked embraceK
Our parting was fu' tenderB
And pledging aft to meet againL
We tore oursels asunderB
But O fell Death's untimely frostM
That nipt my flower sae earlyB
Now green's the sod and cauld's the clayD
That wraps my Highland MaryB
O pale pale now those rosy lipsN
I aft hae kissed sae fondlyB
And closed for aye the sparkling glanceO
That dwelt on me sae kindlyB
And mouldering now in silent dustP
That heart that lo'ed me dearlyB
But still within my bosom's coreB
Shall live my Highland MaryB

Robert Burns


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