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Robert Burns (1759–1796).  Poems and Songs.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
353. Poem on Sensibility
 
 
SENSIBILITY, how charming,
  Dearest Nancy, thou canst tell;
But distress, with horrors arming,
  Thou alas! hast known too well!
 
Fairest flower, behold the lily        5
  Blooming in the sunny ray:
Let the blast sweep o’er the valley,
  See it prostrate in the clay.
 
Hear the wood lark charm the forest,
  Telling o’er his little joys;        10
But alas! a prey the surest
  To each pirate of the skies.
 
Dearly bought the hidden treasure
  Finer feelings can bestow:
Chords that vibrate sweetest pleasure        15
  Thrill the deepest notes of woe.
 

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