Yestreen at the valentines' dealing, My heart to my mou gied a sten, For thrice I drew ane without failing, And thrice it was written "Tam Glen!"
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Source Notes: Tam Glen. Mou is mouth. Sten is leap. Burns describes a custom whereby young people fill one bag with men's names and another with women's. If one draws the same name three times, one has named his or her future mate--here, Tam Glen.
Robert Burns (January 25, 1759 - July 21, 1796) was a poet and a lyricist. He is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland, and is the best-known of the poets who have written in the Scots language, although much of his writing is also in English and a 'light' Scots dialect which would have been accessible to a wider audience than simply Scottish people. At various times in his career, he wrote in English, and in these pieces, his political or civil commentary is often at its most blunt.
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