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Thou Gloomy December

 

Burns Original

Standard English Translation

 

Thou Gloomy December
TUNE: Thro' the lang moor
1.
Aince mair I hail thee, thou gloomy December!
Aince mair I hail thee wi' sorrow and care!
Sad was the parting thou makes me remember:
Parting wi' Nancy, O, ne'er to meet mair!
2.
Fond lovers parting is sweet, painful pleasure,
Hope beaming mild on the soft parting hour;
But the dire feeling, O farewell for ever!
Anguish unmingled and agony pure!
3.
Wild as the winter now tearing the forest,
Till the last leaf o' the summer is flown -
Such is the tempest has shaken my bosom,
Till my last hope and last comfort is gone!
4.
Still as I hail thee, thou gloomy December,
Still shall I hail thee wi' sorrow and care;
For sad was the parting thou makes me remember:
Parting wi' Nancy, O, ne'er to meet mair!

 

You Gloomy December
(Through the long moor)

Once more I hail you, you gloomy December!
Once more I hail you with sorrow and care!
Sad was the parting you makes me remember:
Parting with Nancy, O, never to meet more!

Fond lovers parting is sweet, painful pleasure,
Hope beaming mild on the soft parting hour;
But the dire feeling, O farewell for ever!
Anguish unmingled and agony pure!

Wild as the winter now tearing the forest,
Till the last leaf of the summer is flown -
Such is the tempest has shaken my bosom,
Till my last hope and last comfort is gone!

Still as I hail you, you gloomy December,
Still shall I hail thee with sorrow and care;
For sad was the parting you makes me remember:
Parting with Nancy, O, never to meet more!

 

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