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Robert Burns (1759–1796).  Poems and Songs.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
291. Song—The Captive Ribband
 
 
Tune—“Robaidh dona gorach.”
 
 
DEAR Myra, the captive ribband’s mine,
  ’Twas all my faithful love could gain;
And would you ask me to resign
  The sole reward that crowns my pain?
 
Go, bid the hero who has run        5
  Thro’ fields of death to gather fame,
Go, bid him lay his laurels down,
  And all his well-earn’d praise disclaim.
 
The ribband shall its freedom lose—
  Lose all the bliss it had with you,        10
And share the fate I would impose
  On thee, wert thou my captive too.
 
It shall upon my bosom live,
  Or clasp me in a close embrace;
And at its fortune if you grieve,        15
  Retrieve its doom, and take its place.
 

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