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Robert Burns (1759–1796).  Poems and Songs.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
218. Song—Talk of him that’s Far Awa
 
 
MUSING on the roaring ocean,
  Which divides my love and me;
Wearying heav’n in warm devotion,
  For his weal where’er he be.
 
Hope and Fear’s alternate billow        5
  Yielding late to Nature’s law,
Whispering spirits round my pillow,
  Talk of him that’s far awa.
 
Ye whom sorrow never wounded,
  Ye who never shed a tear,        10
Care-untroubled, joy-surrounded,
  Gaudy day to you is dear.
 
Gentle night, do thou befriend me,
  Downy sleep, the curtain draw;
Spirits kind, again attend me,        15
  Talk of him that’s far awa!
 

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