Thursday, December 27, 2007
The Leafless Trees My Fancy Please
Robert Burns, Winter: A Dirge
The wintry west extends his blast,Caspar David Friedrich, Bäume und Sträucher im Schnee
And hail and rain does blaw;
Or the stormy north sends driving forth
The blinding sleet and snaw:
While, tumbling brown, the burn comes down,
And roars frae bank to brae;
And bird and beast in covert rest,
And pass the heartless day.
"The sweeping blast, the sky o'ercast,"
The joyless winter day
Let others fear, to me more dear
Than all the pride of May:
The tempest's howl, it soothes my soul,
My griefs it seems to join;
The leafless trees my fancy please,
Their fate resembles mine!
Thou Power Supreme, whose mighty scheme
These woes of mine fulfil,
Here firm I rest; they must be best,
Because they are Thy will!
Then all I wantO do Thou grant
This one request of mine!
Since to enjoy Thou dost deny,
Assist me to resign.