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No. 66. O thou pale Orb that silent shines.
Tune: Scots Queen Scots Musical Museum, 1788, No. 190.
O thou pale Orb that silent shines
While care-untroubled mortals sleep ! Thou seest a wretch who inly pines,
And wanders here to wail and weep !
With woe I nightly vigils keep, Beneath thy wan, unwarming beam ;
And mourn, in lamentation deep, How life and love are all a dream ! O, thou bright Queen, who o'er th'expanse
Now highest reign'st with boundless sway! Oft has thy silent-marking glance
Observ'd us, fondly-wan'dring, stray !
The time, unheeded, sped away, While Love's luxurious pulse beat high,
Beneath thy silver-gleaming ray, To mark the mutual-kindling eye. O scenes in strong remembrance set!
Scenes, never, never to return ! Scenes if in stupor I forget,
Again I feel, again I burn !
From ev'ry joy and pleasure torn, Life's weary vale I'll wander thro',
And hopeless, comfortless, I'll mount A faithless woman's broken vow.

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