Verses To An Old Sweetheart
by Robert Burns
Once fondly lov'd, and still remember'd dear;
Sweet early object of my youthful vows!
Accept this mark of friendship, warm, sincere, --
Friendship! 't is all cold duty now allows.
And when you read the simple, artless rhymes,
One friendly sigh for him -- he asks no more, --
Who distant burns in flaming torrid climes,
Or haply lies beneath th' Atlantic roar.
Notes to the poem:
The name of the lady to whom these lines were addressed has eluded discovery.
Source:The Poetical Works Of Robert Burns
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