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Poem by Robert Burns

To Miss Cruikshank

A very young lady, written on the blank leaf of a book, 
presented to her by the author

BEAUTEOUS rose-bud, young and gay,
Blooming in thy early May,
Never mayst thou, lovely flowr,
Chilly shrink in sleety showr!
Never Boreas hoary path,
Never Eurus poisnous breath,
Never baleful stellar lights,
Taint thee with untimely blights!
Never, never reptile thief
Riot on thy virgin leaf!
Nor even Sol too fiercely view
Thy bosom blushing still with dew!
  Mayst thou long, sweet crimson gem,
Richly deck thy native stem;
Till some evening, sober, calm,
Dropping dews, and breathing balm,
While all around the woodland rings,
And every bird thy requiem sings;
Thou, amid the dirgeful sound,
Shed thy dying honours round,
And resign to parent earth
The loveliest form she eer gave birth.

Robert Burns

Robert Burns's other poems:
  1. The Chevaliers Lament
  2. Last May a Braw Wooer
  3. When First I Saw
  4. Frae the Friends and Land I Love
  5. Young Jamie, Pride Of A the Plain

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