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Robert Burns (1759–1796).  Poems and Songs.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
424. Song—Phillis the Fair
 
 
Tune—“Robin Adair.”
 
 
WHILE larks, with little wing,
  Fann’d the pure air,
Tasting the breathing Spring,
  Forth I did fare:
Gay the sun’s golden eye        5
Peep’d o’er the mountains high;
Such thy morn! did I cry,
  Phillis the fair.
 
In each bird’s careless song,
  Glad I did share;        10
While yon wild-flowers among,
  Chance led me there!
Sweet to the op’ning day,
Rosebuds bent the dewy spray;
Such thy bloom! did I say,        15
  Phillis the fair.
 
Down in a shady walk,
  Doves cooing were;
I mark’d the cruel hawk
  Caught in a snare:        20
So kind may fortune be,
Such make his destiny,
He who would injure thee,
  Phillis the fair.
 

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