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Robert Burns (1759–1796).  Poems and Songs.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
418. Song—O were my love you lilac fair
 
 
Air—“Hughie Graham.”
 
 
O WERE my love yon Lilac fair,
  Wi’ purple blossoms to the Spring,
And I, a bird to shelter there,
  When wearied on my little wing!
How I wad mourn when it was torn        5
  By Autumn wild, and Winter rude!
But I wad sing on wanton wing,
  When youthfu’ May its bloom renew’d.
 
O gin my love were yon red rose,
  That grows upon the castle wa’;        10
And I myself a drap o’ dew,
  Into her bonie breast to fa’!
O there, beyond expression blest,
  I’d feast on beauty a’ the night;
Seal’d on her silk-saft faulds to rest,        15
  Till fley’d awa by Phoebus’ light!
 

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