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Robert Burns (1759–1796).  Poems and Songs.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
233. Song—O were I on Parnassus Hill
 
 
Tune—“My love is lost to me.”
 
 
O, WERE I on Parnassus hill,
Or had o’ Helicon my fill,
That I might catch poetic skill,
    To sing how dear I love thee!
But Nith maun be my Muse’s well,        5
My Muse maun be thy bonie sel’,
On Corsincon I’ll glowr and spell,
    And write how dear I love thee.
 
Then come, sweet Muse, inspire my lay!
For a’ the lee-lang simmer’s day        10
I couldna sing, I couldna say,
    How much, how dear, I love thee,
I see thee dancing o’er the green,
Thy waist sae jimp, thy limbs sae clean,
Thy tempting lips, thy roguish een—        15
    By Heaven and Earth I love thee!
 
By night, by day, a-field, at hame,
The thoughts o’ thee my breast inflame:
And aye I muse and sing thy name—
    I only live to love thee.        20
Tho’ I were doom’d to wander on,
Beyond the sea, beyond the sun,
Till my last weary sand was run;
    Till then—and then I love thee!
 

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