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Robert Burns (Роберт Бёрнс)

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How cruel are the parents
  Who riches only prize,
And to the wealthy booby
  Poor woman sacrifice.
Meanwhile the hapless daughter
  Has but a choice of strife;
To shun a tyrant father’s hats,
  Become a wretched wife.

The ravening hawk pursuing,
  The trembling dove thus flies,
To shun impelling ruin
  A while her pinions tries;
Till of escape despairing,
  No shelter or retreat,
She trusts the ruthless falconer,
  And drops beneath his feet.

Robert Burns's other poems:
  1. Farewell, Thou Stream
  2. The Ordination
  3. Epitaph on Miss Jessy Lewars
  4. Epitaph on a Shoolmaster
  5. Reply to the Minister of Gladsmuir

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