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Raving Winds Around Her Blowing

TUNE: MacGrigor of Rora's Lament

 

Burns Original

Standard English Translation

 

1.
Raving winds around her blowing,
Yellow leaves the woodlands strowing,
By a river hoarsely roaring,
Isabella stray'd deploring:-
' Farewell hours that late did measure
Sunshine days of joy and pleasure!
Hail, thou gloomy night of sorrow -
Cheerless night that knows no morrow!
2.
' O'er the Past too fondly wandering,
On the hopeless Future pondering,
Chilly Grief my life-blood freezes,
Fell Despair my fancy seizes.
Life, thou soul of every blessing,
Load to Misery most distressing,
Gladly how would I resign thee!
And to dark Oblivion join thee!'

 


Raving winds around her blowing,
Yellow leaves the woodlands strewing,
By a river hoarsely roaring,
Isabella strayed deploring:-
' Farewell hours that late did measure
Sunshine days of joy and pleasure!
Hail, you gloomy night of sorrow -
Cheerless night that knows no to-morrow!

' Over the Past too fondly wandering,
On the hopeless Future pondering,
Chilly Grief my life-blood freezes,
Fell (cruel) Despair my fancy seizes.
Life, you soul of every blessing,
Load to Misery most distressing,
Gladly how would I resign you!
And to dark Oblivion join you!'

 

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