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Here's A Health

TUNE: Here's a health to them that's awa
(Here is a toast to health to them that is away)

 

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Standard English Translation


Here's A Health

Chorus
Here's a health to ane I loe dear!
Here's a health to ane I loe dear!
Thou art sweet as the smile when fond lovers meet,
And soft as their parting tear,
Jessy -
And soft as their parting tear!
1.
Altho' thou maun never be mine,
Altho' even hope is denied,
'Tis sweeter for thee despairing
Than ought in the world beside,
Jessy -
Than ought in the world beside!
2.
I mourn thro' the gay, gaudy day,
As hopeless I muse on thy charms;
But welcome the dream o' sweet slumber!
For then I am lockt in thine arms,
Jessy -
For then I am lockt in thine arms,
3.
I guess by the dear angel smile
I guess by the love-rolling e'e;
But why urge the tender confession,
'Gainst Fortune's fell, cruel decree,
Jessy -
'Gainst Fortune's fell, cruel decree.


Here Is A Toast To Health

Chorus
Here is a toast of health to one I love dear!
Here is a toast of health to one I love dear!
You are sweet as the smile when fond lovers meet,
And soft as their parting tear,
Jessy -
And soft as their parting tear!

Although you must never be mine,
Although even hope is denied,
It is sweeter for you despairing
Than anything in the world beside,
Jessy -
Than anything in the world beside!

I mourn through-out the gay, gaudy day,
As hopeless I muse on your charms;
But welcome the dream of sweet slumber!
For then I am locked in your arms,
Jessy -
For then I am locked in your arms,

I guess by the dear angel smile
I guess by the love-rolling eye;
But why urge the tender confession,
Against Fortune's fierce, cruel decree,
Jessy -
Against Fortune's fierce, cruel decree.

 

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