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Wae is my heart

Wae is my heart, and the tear's in my e'e; Lang, lang joys been a stranger to me: Forsaken and friendless my burden I bear, And the sweet voice o' pity ne'er sounds in my ear. Love, thou hast pleasures, and deep hae I loved; Love thou hast sorrows, and sair hae I proved: But this bruised heart that now bleeds in my breast, I can feel by its throbbings will soon be at rest. Oh, if I were, where happy I hae been; Down by yon stream, and yon bonie castle-green: For there he is wandring, and musing on me, Wha wad soon dry the tear frae his Phillis's e'e.


Elaine C Smith
Eileen McCallum

About this work

This is a song by Robert Burns. It was written in 1794 and is read here by Elaine C Smith.

More about this song

It is thought that Burns collected the song 'Wae is my Heart' for inclusion in James Johnson's Scots Musical Museum in 1796. It is important to remember, however, that Burns frequently amended and improved old songs prior to their publication.

Here a heart-broken female laments her abandonment by her lover, a common theme of eighteenth-century folk song.

Pauline Mackay

Themes for this song

unhappiness love

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