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Why, Why Tell Thy Lover

TUNE: Caledonian Hunt's Delight

 

Burns Original

Standard English Translation

 

Why, Why Tell Thy Lover
1.
Why, why tell thy lover
Bliss he never must enjoy?
Why, why undeceive him.
And give all his hopes the lie?
2.
O, why, while Fancy, raptur'd, slumbers,
' Chloris, Chloris,' all the theme,
Why, why wouldst thou cruel,
Wake thy lover from his dream?

 

 

Why, Why Tell Your Lover

Why, why tell your lover
Bliss he never must enjoy?
Why, why undeceive him.
And give all his hopes the lie?

O, why, while Fancy, raptured, slumbers,
' Chloris, Chloris,' all the theme,
Why, why would you cruel,
Wake your lover from his dream?

 

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