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Robert Burns (1759–1796).  Poems and Songs.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
340. Song—Thou Fair Eliza
TURN again, thou fair Eliza!
  Ae kind blink before we part;
Rue on thy despairing lover,
  Can’st thou break his faithfu’ heart?
Turn again, thou fair Eliza!        5
  If to love thy heart denies,
Oh, in pity hide the sentence
  Under friendship’s kind disguise!
Thee, sweet maid, hae I offended?
  My offence is loving thee;        10
Can’st thou wreck his peace for ever,
  Wha for thine would gladly die?
While the life beats in my bosom,
  Thou shalt mix in ilka throe:
Turn again, thou lovely maiden,        15
  Ae sweet smile on me bestow.
Not the bee upon the blossom,
  In the pride o’ sinny noon;
Not the little sporting fairy,
  All beneath the simmer moon;        20
Not the Minstrel in the moment
  Fancy lightens in his e’e,
Kens the pleasure, feels the rapture,
  That thy presence gies to me.


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