lest my jewel I should tyne


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The quotation comes from Jane Eyre Chapter 24

Quotation: “I want a smoke, Jane, or a pinch of snuff, to comfort me under all this, ‘pour me donner une contenance,’ as Adèle would say; and unfortunately I have neither my cigar-case, nor my snuff-box. But listen—whisper.It is your time now, little tyrant, but it will be mine presently; and when once I have fairly seized you, to have and to hold, I’ll just—figuratively speaking—attach you to a chain like this” (touching his watch-guard). “Yes, bonny wee thing, I’ll wear you in my bosom, lest my jewel I should tyne.”

Annotation from the source website:
Paraphrased lines from Robert Burns' 1791 poem ‘The Bonie Wee Thing’:

Bonie wee thing, cannie wee thing,
Lovely wee thing, wert thou mine,
I wad wear thee in my bosom,
Lest my jewel it should tine.
Hi everyone! I don't quite understand the bold part. I interpret it as below. Is it correct?

lest => for fear that
tyne => (obsolete) To become lost; to perish. tyne - Wiktionary

the whole sentence => ... for fear that I would lose my jewel
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