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Robert Burns (1759–1796).  Poems and Songs.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
530. Song—Yonder pomp of costly fashion
Air—“Deil tak the wars.”
MARK yonder pomp of costly fashion
  Round the wealthy, titled bride:
But when compar’d with real passion,
  Poor is all that princely pride.
              Mark yonder, &c. (four lines repeated).        5
  What are the showy treasures,
  What are the noisy pleasures?
The gay, gaudy glare of vanity and art:
  The polish’d jewels’ blaze
  May draw the wond’ring gaze;        10
  And courtly grandeur bright
  The fancy may delight,
But never, never can come near the heart.
But did you see my dearest Chloris,
  In simplicity’s array;        15
Lovely as yonder sweet opening flower is,
  Shrinking from the gaze of day,
              But did you see, &c.
  O then, the heart alarming,
  And all resistless charming,        20
In Love’s delightful fetters she chains the willing soul!
  Ambition would disown
  The world’s imperial crown,
  Ev’n Avarice would deny,
  His worshipp’d deity,        25
And feel thro’ every vein Love’s raptures roll.


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