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June 14, 2018

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Craigieburn, near Moffat, was the home of Jean Lorimer who was the subject of many poems and songs written by Robert Burns. She was also referred to by the poet as ‘Chloris’. The following piece is the second work by that name and was penned by Burns during the winter of 1794/95.


“Sweet fa's the eve on Craigieburn, And blythe awakes the morrow;

But a' the pride o' Spring's return Can yield me nocht but sorrow.


I see the flowers and spreading trees, I hear the wild birds singing;

But what a weary wight can please, And Care his bosom wringing!


Fain, fain would I my griefs impart, Yet dare na for your anger;

But secret love will break my heart, If I conceal it langer.”


If thou refuse to pity me, If thou shalt love another,

When yon green leaves fade frae the tree, Around my grave they'll wither.”



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