The Birks of Aberfeldy

We were lucky enough to spend a weekend up at Aberfeldy recently and the autumnal colours were stunning. We took in the stunning great Beech trees and the many Birch trees, spotting some of the great medicinal Birch Polypore (Piptoporus betulinus) dotted about the forest.

So it goes that Robert Burns was inspired by the beautiful and majestic Birch trees of Aberfeldy on his highland tour with a friend in 1787.

The Birks of Aberfeldy by Robert Burns

Chorus.-Bonie lassie, will ye go,
Will ye go, will ye go,
Bonie lassie, will ye go
To the birks of Aberfeldy!

Now Simmer blinks on flowery braes,
And o’er the crystal streamlets plays;
Come let us spend the lightsome days,
In the birks of Aberfeldy.
Bonie lassie, &c.

While o’er their heads the hazels hing,
The little birdies blythely sing,
Or lightly flit on wanton wing,
In the birks of Aberfeldy.
Bonie lassie, &c.

The braes ascend like lofty wa’s,
The foaming stream deep-roaring fa’s,
O’erhung wi’ fragrant spreading shaws-
The birks of Aberfeldy.
Bonie lassie, &c.

The hoary cliffs are crown’d wi’ flowers,
White o’er the linns the burnie pours,
And rising, weets wi’ misty showers
The birks of Aberfeldy.
Bonie lassie, &c.

Let Fortune’s gifts at randoe flee,
They ne’er shall draw a wish frae me;
Supremely blest wi’ love and thee,
In the birks of Aberfeldy.
Bonie lassie, &c

(from www.robertburns.org)

 

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