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The day returns

Language: English

The day returns, my bosom burns, 
The blissful day we twa did meet !
Tho' winter wild in tempest toiled, 
Ne'er summer sun was half sae sweet.
Than a' the pride that loads the tide, 
And crosses o'er the sultry line,
Than kingly robes, than crowns and globes, 
Heaven gave me more, -- it made thee mine.

While day and night can bring delight, 
Or nature aught of pleasure give,
While joys above my mind can move, 
For thee, and thee alone, I live!
When that grim foe of life below, 
Comes in between to make us part,
The iron hand that breaks our band, 
It breaks my bliss, it breaks my heart.

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 219.

Submitted by Ferdinando Albeggiani and Pierre Mathé [Guest Editor]


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Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , title 1: "Le jour revient", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2012-08-14.
Last modified: 2014-11-24 22:06:46
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