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Deluded Swain, The Pleasure

 

 

Burns Original

Standard English Translation

TUNE: The collier's bonie lassie
1.
Deluded swain , the pleasure
The fickle Fair can give thee
Is but a fairy treasure -
Thy hopes will soon deceive thee:
The billows on the ocean,
The breezes idly roaming,
The cloud's uncertain motion,
They are but types of Woman!
2.
O, art thou not ashamed
To doat upon a feature?
If Man thou would'st be named,
Despise the silly creature!
Go, find an honest fellow,
Good claret set before thee,
Hold on till thou art mellow,
And then to bed in glory!

Tune (The collier's lovely girl)

Deluded swain, the pleasure
The fickle Fair can give you
Is but a fairy treasure -
Your hopes will soon deceive you:
The billows on the ocean,
The breezes idly roaming,
The cloud's uncertain motion,
They are but types of Woman!

O, are you not ashamed
To dote upon a feature?
If Man you would be named,
Despise the silly creature!
Go, find an honest fellow,
Good claret set before you,
Hold (continue) on till you are mellow,
And then to bed in glory!

 

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