WHY, WHY TELL THY LOVER
Robert Burns sent this fragment to the collector, George Thomson, in July 1795
“WHY, why tell thy lover, Bliss he never must enjoy;
Why, why undeceive him, And give all his hopes the lie?
O why, while fancy, raptured, slumbers, Chloris, Chloris all the theme,
Why, why would’st thou cruel Wake thy lover from his dream.”