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To Miss Cruikshank
A Very Young Lady

Written On The Blank Leaf Of A Book,
Presented To Her By The Author (Burns)

 

Burns Original

Standard English Translation

 

1.
Beauteous Rosebud, young and gay,
Blooming on thy early May,
Never may'st thou, lovely flower,
Chilly shrink in sleety shower!
Never Boreas' hoary path,
Never Eurus' pois'nous breath,
Never baleful stellar lights,
Taint thee with untimely blights!
Never, never reptile thief
Riot on thy virgin leaf!
Nor even Sol too fiercely view
Thy bosom blushing still with dew!
2.
May'st thou long, sweet crimson gem,
Richly deck thy native stem;
Till some ev'ning, sober, calm,
Dropping dews and breathing balm,
While all around the woodland rings,
And ev'ry bird thy requiem sings,
Thou, amid the dirgeful sound,
Shed thy dying honours round,
And resign to parent Earth
The loveliest form she e'er gave birth.

 


Beauteous Rosebud, young and gay,
Blooming on your early May,
Never may your, lovely flower,
Chilly shrink in sleety shower!
Never Boreas' hoary path,
Never Eurus' poisonous breath,
Never baleful stellar lights,
Taint you with untimely blights!
Never, never reptile thief
Riot on your virgin leaf!
Nor even Sol too fiercely view
Your bosom blushing still with dew!

May you long, sweet crimson gem,
Richly deck your native stem;
Till some evening, sober, calm,
Dropping dews and breathing balm,
While all around the woodland rings,
And every bird your requiem sings,
You, amid the dirgeful sound,
Shed your dying honours round,
And resign to parent Earth
The loveliest form she ever gave birth.

 

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