Comin Thro' the Rye by Robert Burns
"Comin Thro' the Rye" is a poem written by Robert Burns. This poem became a popular and traditional children's song that was put to the same melody as "Common' Frae The Town". Despite being a poem sung by children later on, it is full of sexual and explicit images. Here are some short translations for words you might have trouble with: weet = wet. draigl't = draggled. gin = if/should. warl = world. ken = know. ain = own. This poem is perhaps best known due to the book "The Catcher in the Rye" because the protagonist of the story mininterprets the poem to mean "if a body catch a body" instead of "if a body meet a body".
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This poem is written as five stanzas with four lines in each. It is rhymed as ABAB.
Comin Thro' the Rye O, Jenny's a' weet, poor body, Jenny's seldom dry: She draigl't a' her petticoatie, Comin thro' the rye! Comin thro' the rye, poor body, Comin thro' the rye, She draigl't a' her petticoatie, Comin thro' the rye! Gin a body meet a body Comin thro' the rye, Gin a body kiss a body, Need a body cry? Gin a body meet a body Comin thro' the glen, Gin a body kiss a body, Need the warl' ken? Gin a body meet a body Comin thro' the grain; Gin a body kiss a body, The thing's a body's ain. Written in 1782
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