Highways and Byways

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Highways for eident feet,
That hae their mile to gae;
But byways when spring is sweet,
And bloom is on the slae.

Highways till day is dune,
The girr o’ gear to ca’;
But byways for star and mune,
And wooers twa by twa.

Highways for wheel and whip,
Till rigs are stibblet clear;
But byways for haw and hip,
When robin’s on the brier.

Aye it’s on the highways
The feck o’ life maun gang;
But aye it’s frae the byways
Comes hame the happy sang.

By Walter Wingate (Via Scottish Poetry Library)

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