MS: 'The Cares o' Love'

Robert Burns, Author 
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Written in 1788 while Burns was living at Ellisland farm, this poem contains two four-line verses. Here the Poet reflects on the cares of Love, perhaps wrought from his reputedly wide experience of the subject.

The opening stanza is written from a man's perspective:

'The cares o' Love are sweeter far, Than onie other pleasure; And if sae dear its sorrows are, Enjoyment, what a treasure!'

The closing stanza, on the cares of love, are from a woman's perspective:

'I fear to try, I dare na try, A passion sae ensnaring; For light's her heart and blyth's her song, That for nae man is caring.'

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