My Love is Lost to Me (Poem by Robert Burns)

Old Poem

My Love is Lost to Me (1)
By Robert Burns

O, were I on Parnassus’ hill!
Or had of Helicon my fill;
That I might catch poetic skill,
    To sing how dear I love thee.
But Nith maun be my Muse’s well;
My Muse maun be thy bonnie sel’:
On Corsincon I’ll glow’r and spell,
    And write how dear I love thee.

My Love is Lost to Me (2)

Then come, sweet Muse, inspire my lay!
For a’ the lee-lang simmer’s day
I coudna sing, I coudna say,
    How much, how dear, I love thee.
I see thee dancing o’er the green,
Thy waist sae jimp, thy limbs sae clean,
Thy tempting lips, thy roguish een —
    By heaven and earth I love thee!

My Love is Lost to Me (3)

By night, by day, a-field, at hame,
The thoughts o’ thee my breast inflame;
And aye I muse and sing thy name —
    I only live to love thee.
Tho’ I were doom’d to wander on
Beyond the sea, beyond the sun,
Till my last weary sand was run;
    Till then — and then I love thee.

The poet welcomed with this exquisite song his wife to Nithsdale: the air is one of Oswald’s.

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