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On Chloris
REQUESTING ME TO GIVE HER A SPRIG OF BLOSSOMED THORN
TUNE: (UNKOWN)

 

Burns Original

Standard English Translation

 

From the white-blossom'd sloe my dear Chloris requested
A sprig, her fair breast to adorn:
' No by Heaven!' I exclaim'd, ' let me perish for ever,
Ere I plant in that bosom a thorn!'

 

From the white-blossomed sloe my dear Chloris requested
A sprig, her fair breast to adorn:
' No by Heaven!' I exclaimed, ' let me perish for ever,
Ere (before) I plant in that bosom a thorn!'

 

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