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Had I A Cave

TUNE: Robin Adair

 

Burns Original

Standard English Translation

1.
Had I a cave
On some wild distant shore,
Where the winds howl
To the wave's dashing roar,
There would I weep my woes,
There seek my lost repose,
Till grief my eyes should close,
Ne'er to wake more!
2.
Falsest of womankind,
Can'st thou declare
All thy fond, plighted vows
Fleeting as air?
To thy new lover hie,
Laugh o'er thy perjury,
Then in thy bosom try
What peace is there!


Had I a cave
On some wild distant shore,
Where the winds howl
To the wave's dashing roar,
There would I weep my woes,
There seek my lost repose,
Till grief my eyes should close,
Never to wake more!

Falsest of womankind,
Can you declare
All your fond, plighted vows
Fleeting as air?
To your new lover hasten,
Laugh over your perjury,
Then in your bosom try
What peace is there!

 

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