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    How Long and Dreary is the Night

    by Robert Burns
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    _To a Gaelic air._

    [Composed for the Museum: the air of this affecting strain is true
    Highland: Burns, though not a musician, had a fine natural taste in
    the matter of national melodies.]

    I.

    How long and dreary is the night
    When I am frae my dearie!
    I sleepless lie frae e'en to morn,
    Tho' I were ne'er sae weary.
    I sleepless lie frae e'en to morn,
    Tho' I were ne'er sae weary.

    II.

    When I think on the happy days
    I spent wi' you, my dearie,
    And now what lands between us lie,
    How can I but be eerie!
    And now what lands between us lie,
    How can I be but eerie!

    III.

    How slow ye move, ye heavy hours,
    As ye were wae and weary!
    It was na sae ye glinted by,
    When I was wi' my dearie.
    It was na sae ye glinted by,
    When I was wi' my dearie.
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