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Robert Burns (1759–1796).  Poems and Songs.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
176. On the Death of John M’Leod, Esq.
Brother to a young Lady, a particular friend of the Author’s.
SAD thy tale, thou idle page,
  And rueful thy alarms:
Death tears the brother of her love
  From Isabella’s arms.
Sweetly deckt with pearly dew        5
  The morning rose may blow;
But cold successive noontide blasts
  May lay its beauties low.
Fair on Isabella’s morn
  The sun propitious smil’d;        10
But, long ere noon, succeeding clouds
  Succeeding hopes beguil’d.
Fate oft tears the bosom chords
  That Nature finest strung;
So Isabella’s heart was form’d,        15
  And so that heart was wrung.
Dread Omnipotence alone
  Can heal the wound he gave—
Can point the brimful grief-worn eyes
  To scenes beyond the grave.        20
Virtue’s blossoms there shall blow,
  And fear no withering blast;
There Isabella’s spotless worth
  Shall happy be at last.


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