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Sensibility How Charming

 

Burns Original

Standard English Translation


Sensibility How Charming
1.
Sensibility how charming,
Thou my friend, can'st truly tell!
But Distress with horrors arming
Thou alas! hast known too well!
2.
Fairest flower, behold the lily
Blooming in the sunny ray:
Let the blast sweep o'er the valley,
See it prostrate in the clay.
3.
Hear the woodlark charm the forest,
Telling o'er his little joys;
But alas! a prey the surest
To each pirate of the skies!
4.
Dearly bought the hidden treasure
Finer feelings can bestow:
Chords that vibrate sweetest pleasure
Thrill the deepest notes of woe.


Sensibility How Charming

Sensibility how charming,
You my friend, can truly tell!
But Distress with horrors arming
You alas! have known too well!

Fairest flower, behold the lily
Blooming in the sunny ray:
Let the blast sweep over the valley,
See it prostrate in the clay.

Hear the woodlark charm the forest,
Telling over his little joys;
But alas! a prey the surest
To each pirate of the skies!

Dearly bought the hidden treasure
Finer feelings can bestow:
Chords that vibrate sweetest pleasure
Thrill the deepest notes of woe.

 

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