< The Parting Kiss >
The Poems and Songs of Robert Burns
composed 1788 (29)
Humid seal of soft affections,
Tend'rest pledge of future bliss,
Dearest tie of young connections,
Love's first snow-drop, virgin kiss.
Speaking silence, dumb confession,
Passion's birth, and infants' play,
Dove-like fondness, chaste concession,
Glowing dawn of brighter day.
Sorrowing joy, adieu's last action,
Ling'ring lips, - no more to join!
What words can ever speak affection
Thrilling and sincere as thine!
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