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Robert Burns (1759–1796).  Poems and Songs.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
234. A Mother’s Lament for her Son’s Death
 
 
For the Death of Her Son.
 
 
FATE gave the word, the arrow sped,
  And pierc’d my darling’s heart;
And with him all the joys are fled
  Life can to me impart.
 
By cruel hands the sapling drops,        5
  In dust dishonour’d laid;
So fell the pride of all my hopes,
  My age’s future shade.
 
The mother-linnet in the brake
  Bewails her ravish’d young;        10
So I, for my lost darling’s sake,
  Lament the live-day long.
 
Death, oft I’ve feared thy fatal blow.
  Now, fond, I bare my breast;
O, do thou kindly lay me low        15
  With him I love, at rest!
 

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