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Ralph Waldo Emerson, comp. (1803–1882).  Parnassus: An Anthology of Poetry.  1880.
By Robert Burns (1759–1796)
A Dirge

THE WINTRY west extends his blast,
  And hail and rain does blaw;
Or the stormy north sends driving forth
  The blinding sleet and snaw:
While tumbling brown, the burn comes down,        5
  And roars frae bank to brae;
And bird and beast in covert rest,
  And pass the heartless day.
“The sweeping blast, the sky o’ercast,”
  The joyless winter-day,        10
Let others fear, to me more dear
  Than all the pride of May;
The tempest’s howl, it soothes my soul,
  My griefs it seems to join;
The leafless trees my fancy please,        15
  Their fate resembles mine!
Thou Power Supreme, whose mighty scheme
  These woes of mine fulfil,
Here, firm, I rest, they must be best,
  Because they are thy will.        20
Then all I want (oh, do thou grant
  This one request of mine!)
Since to enjoy thou dost deny,
  Assist me to resign!

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