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Poem by Robert Burns

The Death of John MLeod, Esq

Brother to a young lady, a particular friend of the authors

SAD thy tale, thou idle page,
  And rueful thy alarms:
Death tears the brother of her love
  From Isabellas arms.

Sweetly deckt with pearly dew
  The morning rose may blow;
But cold successive noontide blasts
  May lay its beauties low.

Fair on Isabellas morn
  The sun propitious smild;
But, long ere noon, succeeding clouds
  Succeeding hopes beguild.

Fate oft tears the bosom chords
  That Nature finest strung:
So Isabellas heart was formd,
  And so that heart was wrung.

Dread Omnipotence alone
  Can heal the wound He gave;
Can point the brimful grief-worn eyes
  To scenes beyond the grave.

Virtues blossoms there shall blow,
  And fear no withering blast;
There Isabellas spotless worth
  Shall happy be at last.

Robert Burns

Robert Burns's other poems:
  1. Epitaph on Wee Johnny
  2. The Cairds Second Song
  3. The Sailors Song
  4. Prologue, Spoken at the Theatre, Dumfries, on New Years Day Evening [1790]
  5. Address, Spoken by Miss Fontenelle, on her Benefit-night, December 4, 1793, at the Theatre, Dumfries

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