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Robert Burns (1759–1796).  Poems and Songs.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
3. Song—I dream’d I lay
 
 
I DREAM’D I lay where flowers were springing
  Gaily in the sunny beam;
List’ning to the wild birds singing,
  By a falling crystal stream:
Straight the sky grew black and daring;        5
  Thro’ the woods the whirlwinds rave;
Tress with aged arms were warring,
  O’er the swelling drumlie wave.
 
Such was my life’s deceitful morning,
  Such the pleasures I enjoyed:        10
But lang or noon, loud tempests storming
  A’ my flowery bliss destroy’d.
Tho’ fickle fortune has deceiv’d me—
  She promis’d fair, and perform’d but ill,
Of mony a joy and hope bereav’d me—        15
  I bear a heart shall support me still.
 

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