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Robert Burns (1759–1796).  Poems and Songs.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
362. Song—Thou Gloomy December
 
 
ANCE mair I hail thee, thou gloomy December!
  Ance mair I hail thee wi’ sorrow and care;
Sad was the parting thou makes me remember—
  Parting wi’ Nancy, oh, ne’er to meet mair!
 
Fond lovers’ parting is sweet, painful pleasure,        5
  Hope beaming mild on the soft parting hour;
But the dire feeling, O farewell for ever!
  Anguish unmingled, and agony pure!
 
Wild as the winter now tearing the forest,
  Till the last leaf o’ the summer is flown;        10
Such is the tempest has shaken my bosom,
  Till my last hope and last comfort is gone.
 
Still as I hail thee, thou gloomy December,
  Still shall I hail thee wi’ sorrow and care;
For sad was the parting thou makes me remember,        15
  Parting wi’ Nancy, oh, ne’er to meet mair.
 

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