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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume III. Sorrow and Consolation.  1904.
II. Parting and Absence
“What ails this heart o’ mine?”
Susanna Blamire (1747–1794)
WHAT ails this heart o’ mine?
  What ails this watery ee?
What gars me a’ turn pale as death
  When I take leave o’ thee?
When thou art far awa’,        5
  Thou ’lt dearer grow to me;
But change o’ place and change o’ folk
  May gar thy fancy jee.
When I gae out at e’en,
  Or walk at morning air,        10
Ilk rustling bush will seem to say
  I used to meet thee there:
Then I ’ll sit down and cry,
  And live aneath the tree,
And when a leaf fa’s i’ my lap,        15
  I ’ll ca ’t a word frae thee.
I ’ll hie me to the bower
  That thou wi’ roses tied,
And where wi’ mony a blushing bud
  I strove myself to hide.        20
I ’ll doat on ilka spot
  Where I ha’e been wi’ thee;
And ca’ to mind some kindly word
  By ilka burn and tree.

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