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Had I a cave

Language: English

[Had]1 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!

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!

Translation(s): FRE

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Confirmed with The Complete Poetical Works of Robert Burns, Cambridge edition, Boston and New York, Houghton Mifflin Company, 1897, page 280.

1 Haydn : "Oh had"

Submitted by Guy Laffaille [Guest Editor] and Pierre Mathé [Guest Editor]


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  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , title unknown, copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2008-06-08.
Last modified: 2014-11-24 17:07:23
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