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Robert Burns (1759–1796).  Poems and Songs.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
486. Song—Inconstancy in love
 
 
Tune—“Duncan Gray.”
 
 
LET not Woman e’er complain
  Of inconstancy in love;
Let not Woman e’er complain
  Fickle Man is apt to rove:
Look abroad thro’ Nature’s range,        5
Nature’s mighty Law is change,
Ladies, would it not seem strange
  Man should then a monster prove!
 
Mark the winds, and mark the skies,
  Ocean’s ebb, and ocean’s flow,        10
Sun and moon but set to rise,
  Round and round the seasons go.
Why then ask of silly Man
To oppose great Nature’s plan?
We’ll be constant while we can—        15
  You can be no more, you know.
 

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