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Robert Burns (1759–1796).  Poems and Songs.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
425. Song—Had I a cave
 
 
Tune—“Robin Adair.”
 
 
HAD I a cave on some wild distant shore,
Where the winds howl to the wave’s dashing roar:
  There would I weep my woes,
  There seek my lost repose,
  Till grief my eyes should close,        5
    Ne’er to wake more!
 
Falsest of womankind, can’st thou declare
All thy fond, plighted vows fleeting as air!
  To thy new lover hie,
  Laugh o’er thy perjury;        10
  Then in thy bosom try
  What peace is there!
 

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