Posted by: W. E. Poplaski | January 6, 2009

POEM OF THE DAY: Love in the Guise of Friendship

by Robert Burns (1759 – 1796).


Love In The Guise Of Friendship ( 1788 )


Talk not of love, it gives me pain,

For love has been my foe;

He bound me in an iron chain,

And plung’d me deep in woe.


But friendship’s pure and lasting joys,                          5

My heart was form’d to prove;

There, welcome win and wear the prize,

But never talk of love.


Your friendship much can make me blest,

O why that bliss destroy?                                                10

Why urge the only, one request

You know I will deny?


Your thought, if Love must harbour there,

Conceal it in that thought;

Nor cause me from my bosom tear                             15

The very friend I sought.



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