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Robert Burns (1759–1796).  Poems and Songs.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
534. Song—Fragment—Why tell the lover
 
 
Tune—“Caledonian Hunt’s delight.”
 
 
WHY, why tell thy lover
  Bliss he never must enjoy”?
Why, why undeceive him,
  And give all his hopes the lie?
O why, while fancy, raptur’d slumbers,        5
  “Chloris, Chloris” all the theme,
Why, why would’st thou, cruel—
  Wake thy lover from his dream?
 

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