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Posted 18:04


Tue, 15 Sep 2009
Flow gently, Sweet Afton! amang thy green braes, Flow gently, I'll sing thee a song . . .

SWEET AFTON

 Afton
Water Near New Cumnock

Flow gently, sweet Afton! amang thy green braes,
Flow gently, I'll sing thee a song in thy praise;
My Mary's asleep by thy murmuring stream,
Flow gently, sweet Afton, disturb not her dream.

Thou stockdove whose echo resounds thro' the glen,
Ye wild whistling blackbirds in yon thorny den,
Thou green-crested lapwing thy screaming forbear,
I charge you, disturb not my slumbering Fair.

How lofty, sweet Afton, thy neighbouring hills,
Far mark'd with the courses of clear, winding rills;
There daily I wander as noon rises high,
My flocks and my Mary's sweet cot in my eye.

How pleasant thy banks and green valleys below,
Where, wild in the woodlands, the primroses blow;
There oft, as mild Ev'ning weeps over the lea,
The sweet-scented birk shades my Mary and me.

Thy crystal stream, Afton, how lovely it glides,
And winds by the cot where my Mary resides;
How wanton thy waters her snowy feet lave,
As, gathering sweet flowerets, she stems thy clear wave.

Flow gently, sweet Afton, amang thy green braes,
Flow gently, sweet riv
er, the theme of my lays;
My Mary's asleep by thy murmuring stream,
Flow gently, sweet Afton, disturb not her dream.


Robert Burns

Burns Cottage


The 25th of January, 1759 marks Scotland's most famous birthday, when, in a blast of January winds, Robert Burns was born in a humble cottage in Alloway. This year was the celebration of his 250th birthday.


The River Afton is a tributary of the Nith, it rises in the hills on the  border of Kirkcudbrightshire.
After a wild and rocky course, the stream eventually joins the Nith at New Cumnock.

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