Willy to Jinny

This poem appears in the collections of 1871, 1886 and 1888, and 1892.  In this last collection (Songs and Lyrics) it was chosen as the opening poem.  It is one of many poems wherein the poet expresses an essential truth simply and succinctly within two four-line verses.
Duskier than the clouds that lie
‘Tween the coal-pit and the sky,
Lo, how Willy whistles by
Right cheery from the colliree.

Duskier might the laddie be,
Save his coaxing coal-black e’e,
Nothing dark could Jinny see
A-coming from the colliree