The Merry Muses of Caledonia/Beware of the Ripples

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The Merry Muses of Caledonia by Robert Burns
Beware of the Ripples

BEWARE OF THE RIPPLES.

Tune—"The Tailer fell thro' the bed."

This is an old song, on which Burns modelled "The Bonie Moor-Hen," which Clarinda advised him not to publish "for your sake, and for mine," in a letter dated January 30, 1788. Scott Douglas published it in his Kilmarnock edition, with a quotation from the old version in his introductory note (Vol. II., p. 275).

I rede you beware o' the ripples, young man,
I rede you beware o' the ripples, young man,
Tho' the saddle be saft, ye needna ride aft,
For fear that the girdin' beguile you, young man.

I rede you beware o' the ripples, young man,
I rede you beware o' the ripples, young man;
Tho' music be pleasure, tak' music in measure,
Or ye may want wind in your whistle, young man.

I rede you beware o' the ripples, young man,
I rede you beware o' the ripples, young man;
Whate'er you bestow, do less than ye dow,
The mair will be thought of your kindness, young man.

I rede you beware o' the ripples, young man,
I rede you beware o' the ripples, young man,
If you would be strang, and wish to live lang.
Dance less wi' your a—e to the kipples, young man.



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