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THE LASS O' LIVISTON.
|Burns mentions this song in the samples of old pieces surviving among the peasentry of the West of Scotland which he sent to Lord Woodhouselee, in August 1787. Cromek garbled Burns's note on the song (as was his wont) in his "Select Scottish Songs," published in 1810. James C. Dick gives the correct note in his "Notes on Scottish Song by Robert Burns," published in 1908. It is as follows:—|
| "'Pain'd with her slighting Jamie's love,
Bell dropt a tear—Bell dropt a tear;
The gods descended from above
Well pleased to hear, well pleased to hear,' &c.
|The original set of verses to this tune is still extant, and have a very great deal of poetic merit, but are not quite ladies' reading." The stanza quoted is from an old song of decorous character.|
The bonnie lass o' Liviston,