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WINTER,

A DIRGE.

I.
1 THE Wintry West extends his blast,
2 And hail and rain does blaw;
3 Or, the stormy North sends driving forth,
4 The blinding sleet and snaw:
5 While, tumbling brown, the Burn comes down,
6 And roars frae bank to brae;
7 And bird and beast, in covert, rest,
8 And pass the heartless day.
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II.
9 'The sweeping blast, the sky o'ercast,
* Dr. Young.
10 The joyless winter-day,
11 Let others fear, to me more dear,
12 Than all the pride of May:
13 The Tempest's howl, it soothes my soul,
14 My griefs it seems to join;
15 The leafless trees my fancy please,
16 Their fate resembles mine!
III.
17 Thou POW'R SUPREME, whose mighty Scheme,
18 These woes of mine fulfil;
19 Here, firm, I rest, they must be best,
20 Because they are Thy Will!
21 Then all I want (Oh, do thou grant
22 This one request of mine!)
23 Since to enjoy Thou dost deny,
24 Assist me to resign!

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    Title (in Source Edition): WINTER, A DIRGE.
    Author: Robert Burns
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    POEMS, CHIEFLY IN THE SCOTTISH DIALECT, BY ROBERT BURNS. Kilmarnock: printed by John Wilson, M,DCC,LXXXVI., 1786, pp. 166-167. 240p.; 8⁰. (ESTC T91548) (Page images digitized by National Library of Scotland.)

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