Revision for Clarinda


Go on, sweet bird, and soothe my care, Thy tuneful notes will hush Despair; Thy plaintive warblings void of art Thrill sweetly thro' my aching heart. Now chuse thy mate, and fondly love, And all the charming transport prove; While I a lovelorn exile live, Nor transport or receive or give. For thee is laughing Nature gay; For thee she pours the vernal day: For me in vain is Nature drest, While joy 's a stranger to my breast! These sweet emotions all enjoy; Let love and song thy hours employ! Go on, sweet bird, and soothe my care; Thy tuneful notes will hush Despair.

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Crawford Logan

About this work

This is a poem by Robert Burns. It was written in 1788 and is read here by Crawford Logan.

Themes for this poem

nature regret love

Selected for 29 May

In yesterday's selection (May 28th), the Bard was proposing emigration (and marriage) to his Highland sweetheart, Margaret Campbell. At the very same time he was holding out exactly the same prospects to his Lowland love, Nancy McLehose. Burns jilted 'Highland Mary'; 'Clarinda' rejected him. He married Jean Armour.

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