Bonny lass of Calder Braes (1806)/The tell tale

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THE TELL TALE.

BLAB not what you ought to smother,
honour’s laws should sacred be;
Boasting favours from another,
ne er will favour gain with me,
Ne er will favour gain with me.

But inspir d with indignation,
sooner I’d (illegible text) apes in hell,
E’er I’d trust my reputation,
with such fools as kiss and tell.

He who finds a hidden treasure,
never shou’d the same reveal:
He, who beauty crowns with pleasure,
cautious should his joys conceal.

He with whom my heart I ll venture,
shall my fame from censure save,
One where truth and wisdom centre,]
and as secret as the grave.

FINIS


This work was published before January 1, 1925, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.