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I Dream'd I Lay
TUNE: (As Title)

 

Burns Original

Standard English Translation


I Dream'd I Lay

1.
I dream'd I lay where flowers were springing
Gaily in the sunny beam,
List'ning to the wild birds singing,
By a falling crystal stream;
Straight the sky grew black and daring,
Thro' the woods the whirlwinds rave,
Trees with aged arms were warring
O'er the swelling, drumlie wave.
2.
Such was my life's deceitful morning,
Such the pleasures I enjoy'd!
But lang or noon loud tempests, storming,
A' my flowery bliss destroy'd.
Tho' fickle Fortune has deceiv'd me
(She promis'd fair, and perform'd but ill),
Of monie a joy and hope bereav'd me,
I bear a heart shall support me still.


I Dreamed I Lay


I dreamed I lay where flowers were springing
Gaily in the sunny beam,
Listening to the wild birds singing,
By a falling crystal stream;
Straight the sky grew black and daring,
Through the woods the whirlwinds rave,
Trees with aged arms were warring
Over the swelling, turbid wave.

Such was my life's deceitful morning,
Such the pleasures I enjoyed!
But long ere noon loud tempests, storming,
All my flowery bliss destroyed.
Though fickle Fortune has deceived me
(She promised fair, and performed but ill),
Of many a joy and hope bereaved me,
I bear a heart shall support me still.

 

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