The Merry Muses of Caledonia/Wha is that at my Bower Door


This is by Burns. It appears in most editions of his published works.

Wha is that at my bower door?
O wha is it but Findlay!
Then gae your gate, ye'se nae be here;
Indeed maun I! quo' Findlay:
What mak ye, sae like a thief?
O come and see! quo' Findlay:
Before the morn ye 'll work mischief;
Indeed will I! quo' Findlay.

Gif I rise and let you in;
Let me in! quo' Findlay:
Yell keep me wauken wi' your din;
Indeed will I! quo' Findlay:
In my bower if ye should stay;
Let me stay! quo' Findlay:
I fear ye'll bide till break o' day;
Indeed will I! quo' Findlay.

Here this night if ye remain;
I'll remain! quo' Findlay:
I dread ye'll learn the gate again;
Indeed will I! quo' Findlay.
What may pass within this bower:
Let it pass! quo' Findlay:
Ye maun conceal till your last hour;
Indeed will I! quo' Findlay.