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Paraphrasing 'Afton Water'

(by an 11 year old girl)

This is a song written by Robert Burns, where the river flow's gently among the hills he dreams and praises. All the beauty of the countryside around Cumnock through which the river Afton flows. His thoughts are that Mary is sleeping next to the stream and don't disturb this dream. The stock-doves' sounds are heard around the glen. The blackbirds are whistling and chirping on the thorny bushes. The pleasant screaming of green crested lapwings he enjoys. I'm warning you don't wake her up. Daily the sweet neighbouring hills of the river Afton are always in Robert Burn's thoughts as he walk's along the banks of the river. There he thinks of the cottage where Mary was born. He then goes on:

"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 Mary and me."

His enjoyment was out in the country and thinking about the

"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.

He wishes that his memories of the happy time he spent with Mary will linger as long as

"Flow gently, sweet Afton, among thy green braes,
Flow gently, sweet river the theme of my lays;
My Mary's asleep by thy murmuring stream,
Flow gently, sweet Afton, disturb not her dream!"