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Io6            TONE-POETRY OF ROBERT BURNS
No. 115. On a bank of flowers in a summer day.
Tune : The bashful lover Watts's Musical Miscellany, 1729, i. p. 30.
On a bank of flowers in a summer day,
For summer lightly drest, The youthful, blooming Nelly lay
With love and sleep opprest; When Willie, wandVing through the wood,
Who for her favour oft had sued ; He gaz'd, he wish'd, he fear'd, he blush'd,
And trembled where he stood.
Her closed eyes, like weapons sheath'd,
Were seal'd in soft repose ; Her lips, still as she fragrant breath'd,
It richer dyed the rose ; The springing lilies, sweetly prest,
Wild-wanton kiss'd her rival breast; He gaz'd, he wish'd, he fear'd, he blush'd,
His bosom ill at rest.
Her robes, light-waving in the breeze,
Her tender limbs embrace ; Her lovely form, her native ease,
All harmony and grace. Tumultuous tides his pulses roll,
A faltering, ardent kiss he stole; He gaz'd, he wish'd, he fear'd, he blush'd,
And sigh'd his very soul.






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