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Robert Burns (1759–1796).  Poems and Songs.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
232. Song—The Day Returns
 
 
Tune—“Seventh of November.”
 
 
THE DAY returns, my bosom burns,
  The blissful day we twa did meet:
Tho’ winter wild in tempest toil’d,
  Ne’er summer-sun was half sae sweet.
Than a’ the pride that loads the tide,        5
  And crosses o’er the sultry line;
Than kingly robes, than crowns and globes,
  Heav’n gave me more—it made thee mine!
 
While day and night can bring delight,
  Or Nature aught of pleasure give;        10
While joys above my mind can move,
  For thee, and thee alone, I live.
When that grim foe of life below
  Comes in between to make us part,
The iron hand that breaks our band,        15
  It breaks my bliss—it breaks my heart!
 

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