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Andrew Macphail, comp.  The Book of Sorrow.  1916.
 
XXVI. Melancholy
From ‘Fair Helen of Kirconnell’
Anonymous (17th Century)
 
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I WISH I were where Helen lies,
Night and day on me she cries;
O that I were where Helen lies,
  On fair Kirconnell lea!…
 
O Helen fair, beyond compare!        5
I’ll mak a garland o’ thy hair,
Shall bind my heart for evermair,
  Until the day I die!
 
O that I were where Helen lies!
Night and day on me she cries;        10
Out of my bed she bids me rise,
  Says, ‘Haste, and come to me!’—
 
O Helen fair! O Helen chaste!
If I were with thee, I’d be blest,
Where thou lies low and taks thy rest,        15
  On fair Kirconnell lea.
 
I wish my grave were growing green,
A winding-sheet drawn owre my e’en,
And I in Helen’s arms lying,
  On fair Kirconnell lea.        20
 
I wish I were where Helen lies!
Night and day on me she cries;
And I am weary of the skies,
  For her sake that died for me.
 
 
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