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    Craigie-burn Wood

    by Robert Burns
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    [Craigie-burn Wood was written for George Thomson: the heroine was
    Jean Lorimer. How often the blooming looks and elegant forms of very
    indifferent characters lend a lasting lustre to painting and poetry.]

    I.

    Sweet fa's the eve on Craigie-burn,
    And blithe awakes the morrow;
    But a' the pride o' spring's return
    Can yield me nocht but sorrow.

    II.

    I see the flowers and spreading trees
    I hear the wild birds singing;
    But what a weary wight can please,
    And care his bosom wringing?

    III.

    Fain, fain would I my griefs impart,
    Yet dare na for your anger;
    But secret love will break my heart,
    If I conceal it langer.

    IV.

    If thou refuse to pity me,
    If thou shall love anither,
    When yon green leaves fade frae the tree,
    Around my grave they'll wither.
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